[PROVIDENCE - August 4, 2014] This year, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) celebrates 35 years of progress and leadership in the movement to end domestic violence. The statewide nonprofit will hold its anniversary celebration on Thursday, October 9, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, hosted by Dan Jaehnig, WJAR NBC 10 News, and featuring special guest Lisa Leslie, WNBA legend, multiple MVP honoree, four-time Olympic gold medalist and supporter of the national NO MORE campaign against domestic violence.
"We are thrilled to have Lisa Leslie joining us as our guest of honor for this celebration. Lisa believes in supporting young women in sports because getting involved in athletics can encourage them to make healthy choices and can foster their future health and success. We know that engaging in sports often increases self-esteem, enhances social support networks and cultivates healthy lifestyles, decreasing some of the risk factors for domestic violence. We cannot wait to meet Lisa Leslie, an amazing role model not only for youth but for people of all ages. We invite Rhode Islanders to join us on this special day," said Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the RICADV.
For decades, the RICADV has been a leader in the movement to end domestic violence, with its six local member agencies serving approximately 10,000 victims of domestic abuse every year and providing prevention and education services to about 9,000 youth annually. As the movement continues to evolve, advocates now know that domestic violence is a preventable public health issue – but ending domestic violence will take community involvement.
The RICADV hopes that both individuals and organizations will join in this milestone celebration and is grateful for the generous support of business partners such as Dave's Marketplace, the event's Champion Sponsor, and others such as the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, Alex and Ani Charity By Design, and Nixon Peabody.
"Dave's Marketplace has supported the vital work of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence throughout the years and we are delighted to join them in celebrating this significant milestone. Healthy families and communities are the core values of both of our organizations and we look forward to partnering with them as we continue to move the work forward in realizing that goal," said Renee Hughes, Community Relations Director for Dave's Marketplace.
"We are very proud of the strides we've made over recent decades to protect victims and hold abusers accountable," DeBare said. "We hope that community members will join us in celebrating how far we've come and signaling our vision for the future, where our families no longer suffer and our communities are safe."
Those interested can get involved by purchasing tickets to the event, ad space in the event program book, or both. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to make a donation to sponsor the attendance of a survivor. Corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information about tickets, sponsorship, and program advertisement, visit www.ricadv.org or contact Zulma Garcia, RICADV, at 401-467-9940 or email@example.com
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