Saint Patrick&s Day is almost here and that can mean only one thing. No, not green beer. Its time for the Shamrock Project.

Now in its seventeenth year on-campus, the Shamrock Project was originally started by the Kappa Delta sorority in 1984. The Project is a charity concert combining the talents of on campus a capella groups to raise money for abused and underprivileged children.

This year&s lineup features a cappella favorites the Midnight Ramblers, the Yellow Jackets and Vocal Point.

The event is being co-chaired by three Kappa Delta sisters, sophomores Anne Kulli and Amy Reinitz and junior Renee Reynolds.

&Last year, the money we raised bought them [the Mount Hope Family Center] an entirely new playground,& Kulli said.

All proceeds collected will support child abuse prevention. Eighty percent of the money stays right here in Rochester by going to the Mount Hope Family Center.

The Center works mostly with underprivileged children, providing day care and playgroups. Its main goal is to furnish a safe environment for children to interact with one another.

Any remaining donations are given to Prevention Child Abuse America&s national office to fund countrywide programs.

The PCA was founded by Kappa Delta sister Donna Stone Pesch in 1972.

With the help of the Advertising Council, the PCA was able to spread its message of preventing child abuse and encourage the public to become involved in the cause.

As a result, general public awareness of the problem of child abuse has increased to 90 percent, nine times that of 25 years ago. The public has become more aware of the long-term effects of child abuse and has become more actively involved in its prevention.

Nationwide, the organization works to implement programs through local chapters, as well as conducting research into new prevention strategies. Most importantly, the PCA strives to provide professionals with the most up-to-date prevention strategies and advocates for national policies to build support and funding for such prevention programs.

The concert will be held this Friday, March 16 in Strong Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and available from any Kappa Delta sister or in Wilson Commons at the Common Market.

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