Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center Hosts Walk Against Domestic Violence

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Family oriented fun fundraiser with new route

Walkers - Walk Against Domestic Violence

The Center strongly belives that finances should not a barrier to individuals seeking escape from domestic violence or threat of abuse. This Walk provides funds that go directly to support services and allow us to offer programs free to our clients.

This year’s Walk Against Domestic Violence – which marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center - is featuring many different changes including a new time, new location and a new route. Momentum is building for this year’s walk as community member’s band together to lace up and help end domestic violence, one step at a time.

The Walk Against Domestic Violence is the center’s single largest fundraiser of the year and will help to continue to provide a wide variety including a 24-hour emergency hotline, crisis counseling, advocacy, legal representation, children’s trauma services, art therapy, and emergency and transitional housing.

“This year’s walk promises to be a very special event,” says Suzanne Dubus, CEO of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. “For the past 30 years, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has been built on the philosophy that finances should never be a barrier to individuals seeking escape from domestic violence or threat of abuse. This Walk provides funds that go directly to support services and allow us to offer programs free to our clients.”

This year’s Walk Against Domestic Violence is:

  •     starting at an earlier time with an 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. start
  •     starting at a new location at the windmill by Mark Richey Woodworking, 40 Parker St., Newburyport with a new route beginning and end on the rail trail
  •     not including a road race this year

“We are encouraging everyone to get involved, organize or join a team or sponsor one yourself. This is a great opportunity for families, community groups, sports teams, civic clubs and organizations, or groups of friends to participate as walkers on 3.5 mile route through historic Newburyport. Bring your family, bring some friends and come have fun. We hope this will be our best walk event yet,” says Patty Dorfman, co-chair of the event.
Early registered teams include:

  •     The Essex County Sheriff’s Department is sending its’ entire class of about new 35 new recruits to the Walk, in full uniform.
  •     Interlocks Salon & Day Spa has taken a creative approach because so many of their employees are dog lovers. They have appointed two dogs, as Interlocks Team Co-captains and has invited the staff’s 33 pooches (along with their human owners) to participate in the Walk.
  •     The Merrimack Valley Episcopal Churches Collaborative Team has banded together in hopes of recruiting 50 walkers from their member churches.

The Presenting Sponsor is the Institution for Savings, Going-the-Distance Sponsor, Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank, Stepping-up Sponsors, Matter Communications, TD Bank, TeamLogic IT and Verizon Wireless. Sponsorships are still available; deadline is September 15. For more information, call 978-465-0999.

Walk participants are encouraged to register online at [jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org and track pledges on a personalized fundraising page. All walkers are asked to make a minimum of $30 donation to recognize the organization’s 30th year anniversary. Participants of all ages are welcome. There will be special prizes for individual walkers who raise more than $150 and $300. The business team that raises the most money will receive an evening boat cruise for 40 people on a private yacht in Boston Harbor provided by Full Moon Yacht Charters (http://www.fullmooncharter.com). The sports team or community group that raises the most money will be awarded a pizza party for up to 30 people; and the individual who raises the most will also win a pizza party for up to 30 people.

For 30 years, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has been helping individuals and families at risk because of domestic violence. What began as the compassionate mission of several volunteer parishioners of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport in 1982, has grown into a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization serving victims of domestic violence from Amesbury, Merrimac, Georgetown, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury and Groveland. The Center is also known for providing statewide and national training and technical assistance. In addition, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center operates the Girls Incorporated of the Seacoast Area. The mission of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is to empower community members to live free from fear, intimidation, violence or the threat of abuse by providing support, advocacy and education. For more information, call 978-465-0999, visit or call the 24-hour http://www.jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org confidential crisis hotline at 978-388-1888.

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