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“FOR THE GOOD OF GARZA”
PACE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS RAISE AWARENESS FOR SAFETY IN THE SOCIAL SCENE
By Lisa Feuer
(PLEASANTVILLE, NY) As the 1-year anniversary of her disappearance approaches, Pace University students take on a civic engagement class project designed to keep the name and image of 25-year-old Laura Garza in the public eye while raising awareness for social safety.
Garza, an aspiring dancer living in Brooklyn at the time of her disappearance is still missing, while the 24-year old multi-convicted sex offender, from Orange County, NY that she was last seen leaving a Manhattan nightclub with is currently serving a 1-3 year prison sentence for failing to notify authorities of a change of address.
Through student fundraising and private donations, Garza’s family members who live in Texas are being flown to New York to address the crowd and urge law enforcement agencies and the local community to remember Laura and continue to search for her until she’s found. Barry Fixler, a local jeweler from Rockland County who donated $10,000 in reward money to anyone who can locate Laura, will be on hand to encourage the public to continue the search.
The purpose of the hour long presentation is to keep Laura Garza’s name and image in the public consciousness until she is found. In addition to a slide show presentation, the students will also discuss and provide tips and guidelines to help keep students safe in social situations.
The presentation will be begin 12:30 pm, Tuesday December 1, 2009,
861 Bedford Rd (Rt 117)
Pleasantville, NY, 10510
Gottesman Room, Kessel Student Center