EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- The 6th Annual Run for Help/ Walk Against Domestic Violence held at the Goff Middle School Sunday morning will once again draw community advocates to step out against domestic violence.
The annual event is held in memory of Liza Ellen Warner and Nikki L. Hart, both of whom grew up in East Greenbush and were killed in their homes by significant others. The 5K event is a joint effort by The Family and Friends of Liza Ellen Warner Association Inc. and the Nikki Hart Children's Memorial Fund to raise funds and awareness about domestic violence
In 2004, the life of Liza Ellen Warner was cut unexpectedly short when her husband shot and killed her. In response to the tragedy, Warner's mother became an advocate for raising awareness and educating students and communities about the dangers of domestic violence.
Dedicated to that mission, Martha Warner began The Family and Friends of Liza Ellen Warner, Inc. to empower those affected by violence by supporting organizations that promote victim safety and abuser accountability. Each year the organization holds various fundraisers to benefit domestic violence programs and causes.
Former Real Estate Broker Nikki L. Hart was also killed after a domestic dispute. In 2012, she was stabbed to death in her home by her boyfriend. Following her death, her family asked that any proceeds donated in her honor be directed to her two daughters in her name to the Nikki Hart Children's Memorial fund C/O the Kinderhook Bank, 567 Columbia Tpk., East Greenbush, NY 12061.
Secure babysitting for mothers who want to participate will be available.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. The free-of-charge youth mile will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K race/walk will kick off at 10 a.m.