RAVE Walk - October 26, 2013

October 26, 2013 at The College of Southern MarylandOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The 10th Annual RAVE Walk fundraiser dedicated in memory of Gayle A. Cooke was held on OCTOBER 26, 2013 at The College of Southern Maryland. The proceeds from the walk helps local nonprofit agencies provide services to victims of sexual assault as well as domestic and teen violence prevention and recovery programs here in Southern Maryland as well as fund The Zonta RAVE Walk Scholarship Fund in memory of Gayle A. Cooke.

Thank you to “The Silent Witness Project of Charles County”. Zonta will be honoring the memory of those victims of Domestic Violence by placing the Red Silhouettes, a symbol of Domestic Violence at our 10th Anniversary RAVE Walk.
Please join us as we present a check for $25,000.00 to Lifestyles for the support of Gayle’s House, a safe house for victims and their children who have fled their home to escape their abuser.

10th Anniversary Platinum Sponsor is The College of Southern Maryland

Grand Sponsor is Southern Maryland Newspapers

Thank you to our 10th Anniversary Sponsors:

Gayle A Cooke Family

Gayle A Cooke Family

Wellness Sponsor
My Doctor Urgent Care (FREE flu shots for the first 50 participants) (Kiren and Varsha Mathur)

Memorial Sponsors
Board of Charles County Commissioners
CCNRC Family of Care and St. Mary’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Cynthia Parker)
Center for Abused Persons – CAP (Cynthia Parker)
Dr. Larry Vass Dental Group (Charlotte Vass)
Old Line Bank (Treciana Brumfield)
The Rosenfield Group at Morgan Stanley (Kim Rosenfield)
Team Tara
University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (Joyce Riggs)
Wine Divas

Team Tara

Team Tara

Children Memorial Sponsors
Cambridge Pediatrics LLC (Dianna Abney)
Dr. Dianna E. Abney

Hospitality – Refreshment Station Sponsor
University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (Joyce Riggs)

Friends of Zonta
Ann Chadwick
Askey, Askey & Associates (Janice Rohme)
Baldus Real Estate (Bonnie Baldus Grier)
Bobbi Rucci’s Famous Italian Deli and Doughboys (Bobbi and Diana Rucci)
Brad and Linda Gottfried
Brenda & Jerry Dyer
Carol Jackson
Country Florist (Lorrie Anderson)
D.H. Steffens Company (Margaret Steffens)
Edward L. Sanders Insurance Agency, Inc. (Sherrie Sanders and Sara Payne)
Kelley Rollins (Remax)
Marie Brown
Michele Cooke
Michelle Fowler
Omicron delta sigma chapter
Paige Watkins
Parker Financial, LLC (Christine Parker)
Travel Leaders/Action Travel Tours (Leigh Ann Keller)

The walk will include the following Community Partners who volunteered their time and provided in-kind services:

Bracelets – Ashley Haggard
Bracelets – Cookie Nichting
Award Plaques – Crown Trophy (Angie Keesee)
Warm-up Exercise – Groov Yoga (Kathi Donnelly)
Entertainment – Rockin Rogers Djs (Roger Simmons)
Silhouettes – Silent Witness Project of Charles County (Rosemary Raiman and Fern Brown)
Face Glitter – Faces By Miss Busy Bee, llc (Lakeysha Boyd-Moore)
Refreshments – Darlene Breck, Southern Maryland Business Center
Refreshments – Ann Cipriano Rees, ASID
Refreshments – Marie Brown
Refreshments – Old Republic National Title
Banner & Ribbons – Kimberly Rosenfield
Photography – Rising Star Photography (Diane Payne)

On April 10, 2012, Zonta Club of Charles County and The College of Southern Maryland established The Zonta RAVE Walk Scholarship in Memory of Gayle A. Cooke. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to help survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault complete an educational program that will allow them to secure employment and financial stability necessary for independence and self-sufficiency.

Since the fall of 2012, $17,500 has been awarded to nine courageous women in our community who have taken the essential steps to move forward from abuse by pursuing degrees in nursing, business management, social science, and psychology.

RAVE is an acronym for Rape and Violence Eradication. The 3-mile RAVE walk is the perfect opportunity for volunteers and club teams, to get active, improve their fitness, foster a spirit of community involvement and support a great cause.

In 2010, Zonta members and the family of Gayle Cooke joined together. “This year’s walk is dedicated in memory of Gayle Cooke, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who lost her life ten years ago on Jan. 25 to domestic violence while protecting her daughter from an estranged boyfriend,” according to Ann Rees, event co-chair. Gayle was an admired community volunteer and the States Attorneys Victim Witness Coordinator for victims of crime. “She dedicated her life to protecting victims of domestic violence/crime,” says Fern Brown, retired Domestic Violence Coordinator at the Charles County Circuit Court.

Participants raise pledges from friends, family, classmates and coworkers beforehand for a commitment to walk indoors at their local mall. All proceeds will go to the Zonta Fund established through the Community Foundation of Charles County, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Checks should be made payable to The Zonta Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Charles County (CFCC). The Community Foundation of Charles County supports the development and prudent stewardship of short or long term funds and endowments that operate under the Foundation. These funds/endowments are created by individuals, corporations, nonprofit agencies and service clubs to benefit charitable programs, governmental entities or educational institutions. Please send payments to: Zonta Club of Charles County, P.O. Box 691, White Plains, MD 20695.

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