Sponsored by the Zonta Club of the Antelope Valley in support of Antelope Valley Hospital’s Forensic Services Unit, the event was aimed at raising awareness of services available in the community to prevent violence and help victims of crime.
Attendees had the unique opportunity to see most of the participating men wearing heels – a nod to the name of the event and to emphasize the need to stop gender-based violence.
In addition to the 60 walkers who completed the mile, multiple community agencies staffed booths to provide information and resources.
Several local businesses also supported the event, including Antelope Valley Lincoln, Ford, Mazda; Secure Digital Imaging (SDFI); and the Antelope Valley Community Clinic.
Participants collectively raised over $3,000; but more importantly, the event helped raise awareness about ending violence in the community.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the AVH Forensic Services Unit, which assesses, documents, photographs and collects evidence on all cases presenting to the hospital or referred by law enforcement. The FSU also coordinates the medical/legal needs of victims and provides compassionate care to those who have experienced horrific crimes.
[Information via news release from Antelope Valley Hospital.]