MAAV’s 24th Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2019. The event will begin at 4pm at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School.
The event will begin with the presentation of MAAV’s 9th Annual Advocacy in Action Award, which will be presented posthumously to Anna Bastian.
Anna was a strong, beloved, integral member of MAAV who passed away on December 24, 2018. She was a practicing attorney, mother and grandmother, and actively involved in a range of community groups dedicated to women’s rights and social justice. As a member of the Melrose League of Women Voters, Anna was an early, passionate supporter of MAAV, which the League founded in 1995. Anna joined MAAV’s Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2010. She became involved with all facets of the organization, bringing her sharp intellect, strong sense of ethics and dry sense of humor. She was a survivor of sexual assault and deeply committed to helping other victims. We are thrilled to honor Anna and her family with this award at this year’s Walk.
After the award presentation, we will hold a Candlelight Vigil to honor victims of domestic violence homicide, which will be followed by a 2-mile walk around Ell Pond and through downtown Melrose. The event concludes with light refreshments back at the Middle School.
The theme of this year’s event is “Take a Stand. Take a Step.” This theme was chosen to convey the message of taking a stand against domestic violence, and then taking action – a step – to prevent it and to help those who may be suffering from abuse.
Community members are welcome to participate in the Walk in a variety of ways. We welcome you to form a Walk team. Learn more by clicking here. Businesses, community organizations and families can serve as event sponsors. To learn about sponsorship levels and benefits, click here. We also welcome individual contributions, which can be made online via FirstGiving.
The event serves as MAAV’s largest annual fundraiser, with last year’s Walk raising almost $50,000. Donations are used to fund prevention and intervention initiatives throughout the community and schools. MAAV’s programs seek to curb bullying, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.