For Hometown News
PORT ST. LUCIE -- Pastor Ken Hagin and Carissa Grone are again wearing red stilettos all over town to support SafeSpace, the Treasure Coast's only domestic violence outreach center.
The pair have teamed up for the second year in a row to co-chair the annual St. Lucie County "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" event, and they are determined to bring all of St. Lucie County's real men to Tradition Square on Saturday, Oct. 12 for the one-mile walk against domestic violence.
Pastor Hagin, the motorcycle-riding pastor of Grace Church, and Ms. Grone, who leads the St. Lucie County Friends of SafeSpace, are both on the board of directors for SafeSpace, and have made it their goal to make the St. Lucie County event the largest of the three walks taking place on the Treasure Coast during October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"This event has grown and grown over the years, and we look forward to more local men stepping up and taking a stand against domestic violence. The event is a light-hearted one, but it addresses a very serious issue that is all too often rarely talked about," Ms. Grone said.
Pastor Hagin is hoping to see a crowd of all ages eager to slip out of their everyday shoes and slip into the four-inch red stilettos walkers will wear during the event. "As a community, we need to come together at every level - students, business leaders, retirees - and support everyone who has ever been affected by domestic violence," he said.
"One in every four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime, which means that nearly everyone knows someone who is or has been affected," Pastor Hagin said. "Walk for the victims, walk for the survivors. Walk in solidarity against domestic violence."
St. Lucie County Commissioners Chris Dzadovsky, Kim Johnson and Tod Mowery serve as honorary co-chairs of the 2013 Walk.
Cost is a minimum donation of $50 per walker, which includes stilettos to wear in the walk, or $10 per student walker. Pre-registered walkers will receive an event T-shirt. Sponsor opportunities are still available.
For more information or to register, call SafeSpace at (772) 223-2399 or visit www.safespacefl.org/events.