As many of us are aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer affects about 1 in 8 women in the US every year. Here at Volkswagen of Naples, we show our support by placing giant pink bows on our vehicles and wearing pink shirts to match. We also get involved with various charities throughout SW Florida to show our support.
But October isn’t just for the color pink – it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is symbolized by the color purple. Pink often overshadows purple, but the numbers behind the colors don’t. Statistics show that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. The topic of domestic violence is not and easy one to talk about, and for some families it never sees the light of day.
The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples is working hard to bring awareness to the problem and also to the life-changing services that they offer. Below is a list of events being held by The Shelter throughout the month of October to bring awareness, get people talking, and one day put an end to domestic violence.
¦ Purple Purse Challenge – Through Oct. 27, those who donate $25 or more will automatically be entered to win one of three designer purses including a limited edition purse designed by Purple Purse spokeswoman and actress Kerry Washington of TV’s “Scandal.”
More details: Click here.
¦ Moe’s Corporate Run – This 3-mile run walk sets out at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, from Moe’s at the corner of U.S. 41 and Immokalee Road. All levels of runners and walkers are welcome. This race is not chip timed. Sign up online HERE.
¦ The Purple Party – Starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Paradise Wine and hosted by The Shelter’s NextGen group, the evening will be a splash of purple from dress to drink. Purple is the symbolic color for courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence. Purchase tickets at naplesshelter.org/purpleparty.
¦ Ride for The Shelter Kick Off – Join Gordon Kellam and Glen Schwesinger from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7th Avenue Social as they kick off plans for a 1,156-mile bicycle ride from Naples to Washington, D.C., to raise national awareness for The Shelter’s Gentle’men Against Domestic Violence initiative. Tickets are at naplesshelter.org/ride.
¦ Mercato Goes Purple – Merchants throughout Mercato will have special promotions, discounts and prizes from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. New this year: a free concert by the Karibbean Groove dance band from 7-9 p.m. The Shelter’s Hands are for Helping program will be set up for public participation from 4-6 p.m. More details HERE.
¦ The Immokalee Peace March & Children’s Fair – The fair from 3-6 p.m. is followed by the hour-long march setting out at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Collier County Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia St. Free and open to all, fair activities include children’s games, food, entertainment, a talent show and information booths hosted by partner agencies. For more information click HERE or email Josie Means at firstname.lastname@example.org.