Mainstay to host 5th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event

Press Release

Mainstay, the Henderson County domestic violence prevention and awareness organization is “kicking off” October as National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month by hosting their 5th annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes.

This funny fundraiser will be held on Friday, October 12th from 4:30-6:00 pm followed by family games and a sock hop on 3rd Avenue sponsored by Mikes on Main. The band REWIND will play oldies for the family to dance too and there will be games and prizes for “kids” of all ages.

Tours of the Mainstay shelter, outreach offices and daycare, refreshments and special shopping opportunities will be held from 3:00-5:30 pm in the Purple Ribbon and in the Mainstay lobby. An exhibition of art done by Mainstay Clients and opportunities to learn more about those who have died this year from domestic violence-related incidents will be offered.

Proceeds of the walk and the sock hop will be used to shelter women and children in Mainstay’s 35-bed facility. Men, women, children, dogs and cats are encouraged to register today at www.mainstayhelp.dojiggy.com and create a team of walkers or register on their own. Each walker sets a goal and asks friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their walk down the 4 blocks of Main Street to the Old County Courthouse Plaza. High heeled shoes for men are provided (on a first come, first served basis)– or you can wear your own.

In 2011 mainstay over 3,000 911 calls were registered relating to issues of violence in Henderson County homes.

In addition Mainstay served:
· 160 children (half of whom needed shelter)

· 551 women (115 of whom needed shelter)

· 217 men

Other services Mainstay provided:
· 111 Advocacy partnerships

· 407 Court support visits so no woman had to be alone to face the abuser

· 808 Counseling sessions

· 501 Case management sessions

· 231 Information for services and referrals to other organizations

Please come out and join in the fun and do good by supporting Mainstay!
For more information, please contact Annie at annie@mainstayhelp.org or call 828-693-3840.


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