UMM to Hold Domestic Violence Fundraiser Feb. 12

Machias, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias will host "Divas and Desserts: A Celebration of Survivors' Strength and Courage" on Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Divas and Desserts began five years ago as a means to educate our community about the issues of Domestic and Sexual Violence. This unique event is meant to celebrate the strength and courage of those who have survived, to support those who are still struggling to survive and to honor those we have lost. It was just over a year ago that Washington County experienced a shocking realization of the price of domestic violence in the loss of Katie Cabana and Aaron Settipani. Our community was not alone. In 2008, Maine experienced the loss of 31 citizens to homicide, the highest number in nearly 20 years. Of those homicides, 60% were related to domestic violence. The organizers of Divas and Desserts hope to raise awareness and funds that will work to reduce future tragedies in our community.

This year's event will include an array of musical talent and personal stories of courage along with decadent desserts provided by area businesses. The public is encouraged to attend and tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds will benefit The Next Step Domestic Violence Project. In the event of inclement weather, a snow date has been set for Thursday, February 26th.

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