The statistics are sobering: on average worldwide, one in three women will become a victim of abuse or partner violence in her lifetime. In Illinois, between 2009 and 2010, more than 70 people lost their lives because of a domestic assault. This is not a problem that affects “other people;” it affects people we know, our colleagues, our neighbors, our friends. That’s why the Avon Foundation is holding its inaugural domestic violence fund-raising walk in Chicago in September.
The Avon Foundation for Women is collaborating with the PGA TOUR Wives Association and the BMW Championship to hold the very first Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence — Chicagoland on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club during the PGA TOUR’s BMW Championship Week. (There have been three previous Walk the Course events in Charlotte, North Carolina.)
Walk the Course is a non-competitive, family-friendly event for all ages that provides an opportunity to walk with your friends and family for a very worthy cause. Participants will walk up to18 holes (five miles) on a beautiful PGA TOUR course alongside tournament players’ wives and families to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the domestic violence cause. While fund-raising for the event is optional, 100 percent of proceeds raised at each event benefit local domestic violence agencies, so every dollar raised makes a difference. As an extra incentive, top fund-raisers will have the opportunity to meet PGA TOUR golfers at a special post-walk reception.
The five Illinois domestic violence agencies benefiting from funds raised at Walk the Course — Chicagoland include Pillars – Constance Morris House in LaGrange Park; Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) in Chicago; Family Shelter Service in Wheaton, The Crisis Center for South Suburbia in Tinley Park; and Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park. The funds will be used to help people in these communities who are affected by domestic violence, as well as to educate, with the ultimate goal of helping to create a world without domestic violence.
We encourage you, your families and your friends to participate in Walk the Course — Chicagoland. The members of Team Cherokee — part of Team Avon and the top fund-raising team at Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence — Charlotte — raised more than $3,700 on May 3 at the first Walk the Course event this year. The team walked on behalf of Misty Weegar, an Avon District Sales Manager who tragically lost her life in a domestic dispute last year.
Band together with fellow Avon Representatives and help put an end to domestic violence by joining Team Avon today. To join, please contact Walk the Course Program Director Eloise Caggiano.
Registration for Walk the Course — Chicagoland is $25 per person through midnight of September 11, 2011, or $35 per person on event day (so be sure to sign up early). Participants can register online at WalktheCourseAgainstDV.org or by calling 866-646-2866.
Don’t live near Chicago but want to help spread the word? Tell everyone you know by sharing this video (featuring Avon partner, actress Zoe Saldana) on Facebook or via e-mail. If you’d like to donate to Team Avon for this event, please visit the team fund-raising page.
PGA TOUR golfer Hunter Mahan and his wife lead a group of participants at Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence — Charlotte on May 3, 2011.
Avon Foundation President Carol Kurzig with members of Team Cherokee, who walked in memory of Avon District Sales Manager Misty Weegar.