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Ailing Second Mile to cut jobs

December 21, 2011 Leave a comment

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011

BY ED MAHON

The charity at the center of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal informed some of its employees Wednesday that they will be laid off.

“Based on the current donor level of contributions and in order to continue programs, we have notified some of the staff that they would be leaving the organization starting next year,” said David Woodle, the vice chairman of The Second Mile’s board who is directing day-to-day operations. “All planned programs are continuing.”

Woodle said the nonprofit has about 20 employees. He declined to say how many will be laid off. The Second Mile also has about $2.47 million in annual expenses and total assets of about $9.54 million, according to its latest IRS tax filings.

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Penn State, Second Mile ties far-reaching

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Caption: Bruce Heim, right, of State College, putts as Ryan McCombie, left, of State College, and Brian Gelzheiser, a member of the 1994 Penn State football team, watch during theSecond Mile Golf Tournament on Friday, June 24, 2011. CDT/Christopher Weddle 

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011

BY ED MAHON

Every summer, coaches and athletes with Penn State ties returned to State College and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for The Second Mile.

Lenny Moore, a pro football Hall of Famer, served as honorary chairman of the nonprofit’s celebrity golf tournament one year. So did Kyle Brady, who helped lead Penn State to an undefeated season in 1994, a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl victory.

The Suhey brothers — who the university has called members of “the first family of Penn State football” — also made regular appearances on the Blue and White golf courses.

“There’s no doubt that The Second Mile golf tournament was the social event of the season,” said Jerry Fisher, a former board member of The Second Mile and Penn State sports radio host. “It was a three-day event that everybody wanted to be a part of.”

Both The Second Mile and Penn State have been embroiled in a national scandal the past two weeks, since former Penn State coach and The Second Mile founder Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing eight children over 15 years.

From the moment that Sandusky founded the charity in 1977, it was inextricably intertwined with Penn State football, a connection that fueled its growth into a nonprofit with about $9.5 million in assets and that served thousands of children across the state.

“Since it grew out of Centre County, many people who were Penn State alumni were exposed to it,” said state Sen. Jake Corman, a Penn State graduate who joined The Second Mile board in 2010. “And the mission of helping children is a mission that a lot of people want to be involved with.”

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Second Mile, PSU had land deal in 2002

November 21, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Caption: There is no construction Monday, November 14, 2011 at the site of the new Second Mile learning center in Patton Township. Nabil K. Mark 

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

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BY ED MAHON

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State sold about 40.7 acres of undeveloped land to The Second Mile for $168,500 in April 2002.

The price is what Penn State says it paid for the land in August 1999 — and about $151,500 less than what a Pittsburgh man paid for it in 1990.

Penn State originally purchased the 40.7 acres of land as part of a much larger purchase.

“The property was acquired by the university to provide the opportunity for university use, but if the property was considered not of strategic importance to the university, other community uses were definite possibilities,” Daniel Sieminski, Penn State’s associate vice president for finance and business, said in an email Tuesday.

The land sale is another example of the close relationship between the two organizations, which are both embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal because of allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach and The Second Mile founder Jerry Sandusky.

Athletes and coaches with ties to Penn State were frequently the featured players at the annual Second Mile Celebrity Golf Classic. The event was the largest annual fundraiser for The Second Mile, and it raised $240,000 in 2009, according to IRS tax forms.

In the nonprofit’s 2009 annual report, the Penn State Altoona campus and the Penn State Professional Management Association donated between $2,000 and $4,999 to The Second Mile.

The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center donated between $1,000 and $1,999.

Several of the nonprofit’s major individual donors have ties to the university. For example, Lloyd Huck, a Penn State trustee emeritus, and his wife, Dorothy, are listed as members of the Arthur C. and Evelyn M. Sandusky Society, a designation for honored Second Mile donors.

The Second Mile, a charity in crisis, may not recover

November 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Caption: The Second Mile charity offices are located at 1402 S. Atherton St., December 2, 2011. Nabil K. Mark 

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2011

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BY ED MAHON

Guidance counselors in the State College Area schools have stopped referring students to The Second Mile’s early intervention youth programs.

Educators in the Bald Eagle Area, for now at least, don’t plan to hand out trading cards, with positive messages and the images of Penn State football players, that the organization distributes.

And whether a significant number of schools will continue to participate in the nonprofit’s leadership conferences is one of many uncertainties.

“We don’t know the status of that organization going forward,” said Dena Cipriano, spokeswoman for the Philipsburg- Osceola Area School District.

The future of The Second Mile has come into question since the Attorney General’s Office released a grand jury report Saturday, alleging that the organization’s founder,

Jerry Sandusky, sexually abused eight boys over 15 years. The report said he was introduced to the boys through The Second Mile programs.

Some educators said they felt betrayed by the news.

“I have been a public school teacher for 23 years. During that time I have referred many children to The Second Mile,” Bellefonte resident Susan Munnell wrote in a letter to the Centre Daily Times. “It makes me sick to now know that I could have been throwing them to the wolves — wolves that prey on innocent, at-risk children seeking acceptance and positive role models.”

Others cautioned against punishing an entire organization because of accusations against one person.

“We’re not going to paint everyone with the same brush,” said Penns Valley Area School District Superintendent Brian Griffith.