Vonnie’s Voice 3rd Annual 5k This Saturday
Funds Raised to Educate & Legislate to Protect Victims of Stalking
The 3rd Annual Vonnie’s Voice 5k Walk/Run will take place this Saturday August 3 starting at 8 a.m. at The Center (5th Street).Runners Take Their Mark at the 2nd Annual Vonnie’s Voice 5k Walk/Run.
Racers can register online until Friday, August 2 at 1 p.m. or the morning of the race. The 5k race is the primary fundraiser for Vonnie’s Voice, a non-profit whose primary objective is to raise awareness about stalking and support stalking victims’ rights through strengthening legislation.
This year there will also be a silent auction held before and after the 5k Walk/Run with lots of great items from near and far.
Folks interested in supporting the cause but not so interested in getting up early on Boom Days Saturday, can also “sleep in” for the cause and donate online. Volunteer are still needed as well.Racers at last year’s Vonnie’s Voice fundraiser coming back around the 5k course. You Go Girl!
Last year, it was Leadvillite Karl Remsen who took first place in the Vonnie’s Voice 5k with a time of 16:38. The top woman was Mandy Scott with a time of 26:13.
Now in its third year, the Vonnie’s Voice Committee’s primary objective is to strengthen the current stalking laws in Colorado so that no other person or family has to experience such a horrible crime. The group’s efforts were realized when in May 2012, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signed HB12-1114 into Vonnie’s Law.
The group also contributes to the local community in a number of ways in Miss Vonnie’s honor.
Vonnie’s Voice Scholarships. In May 2013, the committee awarded its second round of scholarships. Two $1,500 scholarships have been created in Vonnie’s memory and were presented to two (2) graduating seniors at Lake County High School Class Day this past May.
Winter Coats for Students. The Kindergarteners at Pitts Elementary School – where Vonnie taught for over 20 years – stayed warm and cozy this winter with donations of coats, pants, hats gloves – everything kids need to protect them from Leadville’s cold! The Committee also extended that donation to the little ones at Morning Star Child Care Center.
Miss Vonnie’s Room. A donation in Vonnie’s name was made to the Family-Crisis Center managed by the Advocates of Lake County to protect victims of violence. The children’s playroom has been named in Miss Vonnie’s memory and some of her old classroom decorations have been incorporated into the room as well.The 10th Annual “Hackers” Golf Classic donated $1,000 to Vonnie’s Voice from their golf tournament. Pictured are Janelle Madigan (l) and Diane Stepisnik (r) of Vonnie’s Voice. Photo courtesy of VonniesVoice.org
In addition to these programs, this past Saturday, the 10th Annual “Hackers” Golf Classic was held at Mt. Massive Golf Course, raising $1,000 for Vonnie’s Voice.
For more information or to donate: Vonnie’s Voice, P.O. Box 1986, Leadville, CO 80461 or log on to their website. You can also connect with the orgaization on the Vonnie’s Voice Facebook Page.