Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00
On a beautiful autumn afternoon, Sunday, Oct. 2, the Zonta Club of Greater Queens and Light Alliance Foundation joined forces to launch a resoundingly successful “RAVE” (Rape & Violence Eradication) Walk for women and children coping with violence or sexual abuse.
These two community-based, action-oriented, not-for-profits teamed up, enthusiastically gathered and walked to raise both public awareness and significant funds for local organizations that provide direct services for those in need.
Opening ceremonies included a candle-lighting service honoring violence victims, survivors and service providers- followed by Keynote Speaker, our very own dynamic, New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, an ardent anti-violence advocate herself. Both Zonta/GQ and L.A.F. are proud to count Assemblywoman Schimel as an honored member of both our organizations.
The important message was sent that interpersonal violence is an issue we all have to address, individually and as a society, because the costs to our communities are too much to be tolerated or ignored! Proclamations were received from State Assemblywomen Catherine Nolan and Michelle Schimel, plus Nassau County Legislator and honored Zonta member Judi Bosworth, and Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross.
A lively, diverse group of adults and children and one canine, walked merrily, gaining much excellent public visibility all along the Union Turnpike, 2-mile route, while sharing great fellowship and camaraderie!
Thanks also to the support given by the Nassau County 3rd Precinct Officers, sponsors, and all those who donated gift certificates and/or services for the raffle.
To help, contact Dr. Karen Siegel, Charter President, Zonta GQ: www.drkarensiegel.com or www.zontagreaterqueens.org and Patty Katz, L.A.F. Founder at www.lightalliancefoundation.org or 1-646-470-5209.
Both are 501C3 charitable organizations, making all financial donations tax-exempt.