Area Runners Take Part In 5K?To Benefit Anew Center

The Salvation Army Anew Center held its seventh annual 5K Anew Run and Walk recently.

The race is sanctioned by USA Track and Fireld and is part of the Chautauqua Striders Runner of the Year Series. Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army Anew Center, which offers comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Runners and walkers of all ages came out to show their support with individuals ranging in age from 7 to 82 years of age.

The hallways of The Salvation Army were decorated with T-shirts designed by child and adult survivors which displayed statistics and expressions of sadness, anger, survival, courage and hope. Once inside the gym, where participants registered for the event, individuals were greeted with music, T-shirts, free refreshments and educational information.

Stacey Tanner, Anew Center program director, said she was pleased with this year’s turnout.

“Domestic violence and sexual assault are issues, however, with support like this we can empower individuals and the community to end violence,” she said.

The Salvation Army Anew Center offers services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, including:

24-hour hotline and crisis intervention services,

shelter,

advocacy and accompaniment,

case management and counseling,

children and family outreach program,

information and referrals,

support groups, and

prevention education.

Following the event, door prizes and awards were presented to the participants. Many local businesses supported the event by providing donations, gift certificates and baskets, coupons, furniture, food, drinks, discounts and other supplies. Major Douglas Hart, Salvation Army commanding officer, expressed his thanks to those who contributed, including all of the staff, sponsors, participants and volunteers.

Awards were presented in each age category for male and females. Additional awards were provided for:

Overall top female runner: Judy Porpiglia.

Overall top male runner: Adam Rowe.

Individual raising the highest amount of pledges: Sarah Ingerson.

The Salvation Army operates the only licensed domestic violence program and is the state-designated Rape Crisis Program. All services are free and confidential. Anyone in need of information or services can contact the 24-hour hotline at 800-252-8748 or call 661-3897.