AVDA raises $50,000 at 5K race

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More than 350 run­ners, walk­ers and jog­gers lined up on Oc­to­ber 11 to take part in the 5K Run/Walk to ben­e­fit Aid to Vic­tims of Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence, Inc. (AVDA) of Palm Beach County. The or­ga­ni­za­tion, which serves sur­vivors of do­mes­tic abuse and their fam­i­lies, raised nearly $50,000 at its sig­na­ture fundraiser run along A1A in Del­ray Beach.

AVDA is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been pro­vid­ing sup­port to sur­vivors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence for the past 20 years. Emer­gency shel­ter, a 24-hour hot­line, tran­si­tional hous­ing, le­gal ad­vo­cacy, and coun­sel­ing are some of the ser­vices of­fered to adult and child sur­vivors. Just as AVDA’s ser­vices reach the whole fam­ily so did its 5K event, which in­cluded a Fam­ily Fun Mile Race and a Kids’ Race for chil­dren 6 and un­der.

The first run­ners to cross the fin­ish line of the 5K were Natasha Yarem­czyk of Boca Ra­ton in the women’s cat­e­gory and Paul Am­brose in the men’s cat­e­gory. Dur­ing a spe­cial mo­ment of the win­ners’ cer­e­mony, two young run­ners – Kylee Ring and Zak Fletcher – do­nated the bikes they had just won in the AVDA raf­fle back to the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Held in An­chor Park, the scenic event also fea­tured Tim Byrd “The Byrd­man” of KOOL 105.5 for the first time as em­cee and honorary chair.

“It was an ex­cit­ing day for AVDA; the aware­ness brought new eyes and ears to a prob­lem that needs sup­port,” said Byrd.

AVDA’s 5K Run/Walk 2008 was gen­er­ously spon­sored by Wool­bright De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Anne and Peter Vesgo, Tammy and Greg Babij, St. Paul Epis­co­pal of Del­ray Beach, Cor­pSource So­lu­tions, Fit­ness for Women (Boca Ra­ton), Palm Beach Com­mis­sioner Ad­die L. Greene, the City of Del­ray Beach, the Daugh­ters of Pene­lope Leda Chap­ter 59, Miller Phys­i­cal Ther­apy, Life­care Home Health Ser­vices, Ray­mond James Fi­nan­cial Boca Ra­ton of­fice, Stacy Lin­ton/Lin­ton Real Es­tate, Ocean City Prop­er­ties and the Po­lice Depart­ment of Del­ray Beach.

AVDA’s next event will be its spring ‘Heart of a Woman’ lun­cheon, planned for 11 a.m. on Fe­bru­ary 12, 2009 at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Boca Ra­ton, fea­tur­ing noted au­thor Gail Sheehy. Tick­ets are $100; ta­bles of 10 are avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-265-3797 or visit www.av­daon­line.org.

Par­tic­i­pants en­joy­ing the AVDA Kids’ Race

Katie Fal­lon, honorary chair, left, and MC Tim Byrd “The Byrd­man” of KOOL 105.5, Pam O’Brien, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of AVDA and Ar­lene Hy­man

Jeanne Choin­ski, left, and Debbi Knauff

Kylee Ring, who do­nated her bike prize back to AVDA, left, and Katie Fal­lon of AVDA

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