Walk to benefit Crisis Center for South Suburbia set for Aug. 9
BY GINGER BRASHINGER Correspondent August 4, 2014 11:34AM
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia Auxiliary is hosting a fundraising walk Saturday. Pictured are Barb Politano (from left), Rae Woodard, Phyllis Cheek, Lee Schreiber, Kathy Nordstrom, Chris Doran, Marie Kaminski and Barb Gruca. | Supplied photo
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What: The Crisis Center for South Suburbia Auxiliary Sixth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence
When: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lake Katherine Nature Preserve, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
Etc.: Call the center’s 24-hour hot line at (708) 429-7255 for crisis intervention and referral assistance.
Updated: September 6, 2014 6:04AM
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia Auxiliary will host the Sixth Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence on Saturday. The fundraiser benefits the nonprofit’s emergency shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and their families.
The walk will be held at Lake Katherine Nature Preserve, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, from 9 to 11 a.m. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. the day of the walk, or by visiting www.crisisctr.org/events/ccss-auxiliary. The fee is $15 for adults; children 12 and younger are free.
Barbara Politano, a recently retired Crisis Center for South Suburbia board member and founder of the auxiliary, said all proceeds from the walk will pay for specific items chosen from a “wish list” provided by the center’s executive director, Edward Varga.
Politano said that as important as items that enhance everyday living and improve job skills are for the center’s clients, there is a second equally important reason for the fundraiser.
“We are trying to promote awareness,” Politano said.
Varga said despite national statistics that show that one-third of the women in a community will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, many people are “not as knowledgeable about domestic violence as we wish they would be.”
The Crisis Center’s own statistics bear that out. The center, now in its 35th year, estimates that it has assisted more than 55,000 women and children in that time, Varga said, and the need continues.
“We would love to increase the number of people attending this event,” Varga said. “No. 1, because it does benefit the victims of domestic violence that come to the Crisis Center for our assistance and our help, but more importantly is that it allows an opportunity for the Crisis Center to create consciousness and educate the community regarding the social ill that domestic violence is.”
The walk has averaged about 50 participants per year, Politano said, and the auxiliary’s immediate goal is to double that number.
Politano said that over the past five years, the auxiliary has been able to contribute about $38,000 to the center to buy such items as a refrigerator, washer, dryer and a computer.
The Crisis Center offers emergency shelter, transitional housing and counseling, among other services, she said.
“We’re giving them every opportunity to get control of their lives,” she said.