Domestic Violence Awareness Event Held at the Tranquility Garden

CUMBERLAND COUNTY – Soroptimist Cumberland County  held their Domestic Violence Awareness event at the Peace and Tranquility Garden in Bridgeton City Park on Sunday, October 11th.
Soroptimist Cumberland County  is an organization that works through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.
During the event, SICC member Peggy Gentile-Van meter read a poem called “Returning” in remembrance of victims of Domestic Violence and local community member, Mary Ann Weber, sang Amazing Grace.
Additional presenters included SICC member Madeline Wolk who provided an overview of Domestic Violence statistics and explained the importance of the Moving Silhouettes Memorial; Sarah Freits from the Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy discussed the role of the organization; Domestic Violence survivor, Shonique Mack, read a personal poem; and Miss Cumberland County, Samantha Mason, discussed the importance of educating women about healthy relationships and pointed out signs of domestic violence.
Finally, the symbolic lighting of the candles ceremony featured a flute solo of “Let There be Peace on Earth,” which was performed by Cumberland Regional senior, Jenni Berry followed by a speech from Soroptimist North Atlantic Region Governor-Elect, Tammy Klotchbach. Klotchbach commended Sorpotimist International and spoke about the programs that they support.
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