Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Lindsay Brewer has volunteered for Take Back the Night for the past three years.

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Passionate for fundraising, Brewer continues to work hard to raise money to donate to the Family Service Association of Howard County and the domestic violence shelter. Two years ago, she was the top individual fundraiser for Indiana University Kokomo. Last year, Brewer helped the campus sorority Phi Sigma Sigma raise a record-breaking amount of donations.

"Raising money for such a wonderful cause comes naturally to me," said Brewer, who serves as philanthropy chair for Phi Sigma Sigma. "I love knowing how many individuals benefit from the donations that our campus and community raise each year."

The annual Take Back the Night and Angel Walk will kick off with a rally at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, in Alumni Hall. The one-mile Angel Walk will begin at 6 p.m., rain or shine.

The rally will kick off with a story from a domestic violence survivor.

"Many people don't realize how prevalent domestic violence is in our community," said Candy Thompson, director of academic projects. "It can be difficult to deal with it personally or to be a support system for others. Hearing a survivor's story is extremely empowering and helpful."

This event hits close to Brewer's heart, as she has listened to one of her sorority sisters speak at a previous event.

"Raising awareness is the only way to help prevent these situations from escalating," Brewer said. "It makes you aware of others' situations and realize how you can help them."

The IU Kokomo American Democracy Project and Family Service Association of Howard County sponsor the event, and money raised goes to the FSA's domestic violence shelter. Last year, nearly $30,000 was raised.

"The FSA provides so many resources to help fix this problem," Thompson said. "You never know who is a victim of domestic violence and your small gifts can go a long way."

In addition to donating money, the FSA accepts donations of goods, supplies, and/or clothing.

Phi Sigma Sigma is continuing their fundraising efforts until the day of the event. They are selling water bottles and wristbands, as well as taking donations for cutout paper hearts that read, "These hands won't hurt." Each one sold will be attached to poster boards, and Phi Sigma Sigma will hold them up during the Angel Walk.

Visit Phi Sigma Sigma Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 19, and Monday, April 22 at their table in the Kelley Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tuesday, April 23, their table will be set up from 10 a.m. until the end of the event.

Brewer encourages everyone to attend the event and help out the cause.

"Education is empowering, and we all hope you leave the event empowered to help in whatever way you can."

Participation is free, and you may either walk individually or join a team for the Angel Walk. Prizes will be awarded to the individual and to the team who raises the most money.

IU Kokomo students who wish to join a team should call the Office of Academic Affairs at (765) 455-9406. Community members should call the FSA at (765) 457-9313.

Following the walk, refreshments will be served in Alumni Hall. Student posters will be displayed, awards will be presented, and Gary and Jessica Rhum will provide music.

Take Back the Night is an international rally and march organized within local communities. The event began in Europe as a protest against the fear women felt walking the streets at night. In addition, April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and National Child Abuse Prevention month, which is why the event is held each April.

For additional information regarding Take Back the Night, contact Candy Thompson at caanorma@iuk.edu or (765) 455-9406.

Story written by Mary Olk. Mary is a student writer in the Office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.