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July 1, 2015




DELRAY BEACH FLORIDA-AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) ( will hold its 16th Annual Race for Hope, presented by Marshalls on Saturday, October 10th at Anchor Park in Delray Beach. The race, which is held in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is expected to draw over 1,000 runners, walkers, spectators, and volunteers.


Now in its 16th year, AVDA’s Race for Hope challenges local businesses, schools, and organizations to form teams. Race participants can set up fundraising pages for themselves or for a team. Teams or individuals who raise the most money are presented with awards.  AVDA is also accepting “No Sweat” donations from individuals who wish to donate or fundraise from the comfort of their home. AVDA is a Town of Palm Beach United Way Funded Partner.


Festivities will include music and prizes.  For the fourth year, The Original Pancake House will sponsor a pancake breakfast for both participants and sponsors.


Liz Quirantes of WPEC CBS 12 will serve as the official mistress of ceremonies for the event.


“Victims of domestic violence need somewhere to turn, in order to find a way out of an abusive situation,” said Jean Magrella AVDA Board Chair and Chair of the Race for Hope. “AVDA's Race for Hope is not only an important fundraiser that helps support our services, but an opportunity to let someone who needs help know that there is somewhere to call and a place to go.” 


Special awards–the “Hometown Hero” awards—will once again be given to the fastest male and female police officer and fastest male and female firefighter in the 5k run. All police officers and firefighters on active duty in Palm Beach County are eligible to compete to be a “Hometown Hero.” Hometown Hero discounts are available with current ID.


Online registration in going on now through Friday, October 9th at noon.  Please visit to register.  Race Day registration begins at 6:30 am, immediately followed by the 5K and 10K at 7:30 am and Kid’s Dash at 8:30 am. Registration prices range from $10-$30 per person and increase to $10-$35 on October 5th.


Sponsors currently include Marshalls, the Vegso Family Foundation, Airamid Health Services/Kane Financial Services, AmWINS Brokerage of Florida, The Ahrendts Family, Avenue Pilates, Spodak Dental Group, Grau and Associates, Delray Beach Elks Lodge, Miller Physical Therapy, and Robert Half, Delray Downtowner, The Original Pancake House, and Gizzi’s Coffee. Media Sponsors include WRMF, WIRK, WFTL, WMEN, WMBX, and WEAT.


Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels. For more information visit or call 561-265-3797 ext. 109.


Proceeds from the Race for Hope benefit AVDA’s 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter and Casa Vegso Transitional Housing facility as well as the outreach, educational and prevention programs offered by AVDA throughout Palm Beach County.


AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. For more information about AVDA’s services, to register for the event or for sponsorship information, please visit and click the “16th Annual Race for Hope” link, or call 561-265-3797, ext. 109.