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Sep 22, 2023

Our conversation for United Way Day with Kaycee Childress, CEO of United Way Northern Shenandoah Valley featured Cindy Marzullo, Development Director for The Laurel Center.

Kaycee gave us a few details about Day of Caring which was underway as the show aired with over 800 volunteers working on dozens of projects across the Shenandoah Valley for non-profits and their clients in need. Learn more about Day of Caring here.

Cindy gave us some background and history of the organization and talked about several of the programs they offer to victims of domestic violence. She reminded us that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and told us of several events The Laurel Center will be hosting throughout the month. 

On Thursday, October 5, 2023, they will host their Candlelight Vigil at the Winchester/Frederick County Joint Judicial Center (Cameron Street Side) from 7pm - 8pm. The event will honor those lost and celebrate survivors through song, speech, poetry, and inspirational survivor stories. CIndy encouraged listeners to join The Laurel Center by lighting a candle to bring awareness to domestic violence in our community. Find more information on their Facebook page.

On Saturday, October 7, 2023, they will host their 16th Annual Walk and Wag to End Domestic Violence. This event will take place at the beautiful 2-mile walk around Chet Hobert Park in Berryville, VA. This is a dog-friendly event, so bring your four-legged friend along. Cindy encouraged listeners who don't have a pet to also come out to enjoy the nice fall weather and support survivors of domestic and sexual violence in our community. Tickets are $25 for an individual walker, $125 for a Team (up to 6 walkers), and children under 5 walk for free. There will be donuts, coffee, door prizes, & a dog costume contest! Click here to get your tickets. All proceeds benefit the individuals and families who use The Laurel Center services. 

Cindy also reminded us that October 19 is "Purple Thursday" where people should wear purple to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Learn more about The Laurel Center on their website: and by following them on Facebook. Their 24/7 hotline is 540-667-6466