NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- City leaders presented checks to three local charities, so each can continue their work in aiding people who were victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Newport News Mayor McKinley Price and City Manager Jim Bourey presented more than $21,000 that was divided among the Center for Sexual Assault Survivors, Fear 2 Freedom and Transitions Family Violence Services.
That total amount came from proceeds of the 2016 Newport News One City Marathon held in March.
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“It is so exciting to be able to provide these very deserving charities the proceeds from the 2016 One City Marathon,” said Bourey. “We recognize that there is a big need for assisting those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence, and we are proud to have had all three as our charitable partners. It is our hope that by serving as marathon charities, these agencies received greater exposure for the services they provide our community.”
"The city had a good time, the city was united and when you have a good healthy community that community gives back to other organizations that are trying to help other people so it was just a natural fix for us to do that," said Price.
The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors was awarded $6,610.67 for its active role in the reduction and elimination of sexual and domestic violence in Hampton Roads since 1996. The Center provides free crisis stabilization and counseling services to victims, their families and friends.
Fear 2 Freedom was presented the highest award totaling $7,555.67 for their work partnering universities with local hospitals and community organizations to provide after care kits to victims of sexual assault. The program focuses on awareness, education and empowerment activities among college campuses across the country.
Transitions Family Violence Services received $7,480.67 for providing comprehensive services to adult and child victims of domestic violence on the Peninsula since 1977. The organization also provides support to victims through their 24-hour crisis hotline services, emergency and transitional shelters, legal advocacy, safety planning, support groups and other programs.