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Battered Women’s Shelter
SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — In 2011, the Battered Women’s Shelter (BWS) began running the Purple Light Nights campaign throughout Summit and Medina counties. The purpose of this campaign is to light up Summit and Medina Counties during October to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence. During the last two years, BWS has been able to light gazebos, clock towers and trees throughout area communities to help raise awareness on domestic violence. This year for the first time, the Purple Light Nights Kickoff Rally will take place Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront. This free event will allow participants to remember domestic violence homicide victims, to celebrate the courage of those who have survived and to provide hope, information and services to those who are still living with violence and abuse, according to BWS officials. The event will feature local performers that will offer an artistic look at the issues surrounding domestic violence. A survivor will speak, and there will be a release of sky lanterns (available for a $15 donation) over the river as a symbol of remembrance for those still living in an abusive home. Also, local area agencies that partner with BWS will provide information and additional resources. Local Purple Light Nights community displays include: Cuyahoga Falls clock tower, Summit Mall front entrance, Norton’s Columbia Woods Park Gazebo and Lock 3 Park, Oct. 1-31; Copley Gazebo, Oct. 1-16; and Wadsworth Gazebo, Oct. 1-10. For more information, contact Brittany Paliswat at 330-860-5635 or BrittanyP@scmcbws.org.
American Diabetes Association
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event raises awareness about diabetes and money to fight the disease. The event will take place Oct. 6 beginning at Quaker Square and winding through Downtown Akron. There will be a light breakfast, entertainment, music and healthy living pavilions before stepping out on the 2-mile or 4-mile route. Those who raise at least $100 will receive the 2013 commemorative Step Out T-shirt. Those who raise $200 or above will receive a special thank-you gift. For more information or to register, visit www.diabetes.org/stepoutakron or contact Event Manager Jennifer Knechtel at 216-328-9989, ext. 6741, or jknechtel@dia betes.org.
Medina County Women Helping Women
MEDINA — Medina County Women Helping Women will present WOW! (Wonderfully Outrageous Women) The Fifth-Ever Bra-zeere Event to benefit Medina County women in need of cancer screenings. The event will be Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. at Weymouth Country Club in the Grand Ballroom, 3946 Weymouth Road. The Fifth-Ever Bra-zeere Decorating Contest features brassieres decorated by local organizations, businesses and women. The emcee for the evening will be Barb Frye, and the “keynote queen” will be Beth Winter. There also will be a basket auction. Those who are in need of cancer screenings and are uninsured or underinsured may call Cindy Namerow at the Medina County Health Department at 330-662-0463 for information. To offer sponsorship or to register a decorated brassiere, email email@example.com or call 330-321-2724.
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