MANASSAS, VA – On Sunday, May 18th, area Mary Kay consultants and their families participated in the first annual Real Love Walk-A-Thon at Saunders Middle School in Manassas, VA. Thirty-five adults and 11 children walked around the school’s track and raised over $1,000 in donations and pledges to benefit The Mary Kay Foundation℠ which supports cancer research and supports shelters for victims of domestic violence.
The event was organized by Mary Kay Future Sales Director, Carolyn Sammartino of Lake Ridge, VA.
Executive Senior Sales Director, Gayle Green of Gainesville, VA, Senior Sales Director, Terrie Allen of Stafford, VA, Senior Sales Director, Crystal Gallagher of Remington, VA and Star Team Builder, Barbara Redner of Virginia Beach, VA assisted Sammartino in organizing the event.
Sammartino has been with Mary Kay for 23 years and has a heart for helping women who are victims of domestic violence.
“I’ve been thinking about trying to do this for about 3 years and I wanted to do something to raise money for cancer research, but mostly for domestic violence awareness programs; and the Mary Kay Foundation does such a great job of sponsoring programs to raise awareness of that.”
Sammartino is about to finish up a 32-hour training program with ACTS Turning Points Domestic Violence Program, the only domestic violence intervention program in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.
Dotty Larson, Director of the ACTS Turning Points Domestic Violence Program, was in attendance to highlight The Mary Kay Foundation’s long-time support of domestic violence shelters and to hand out information on domestic violence and resources available to victims.
“We really thank Mary Kay because we have been able to get grants in the past to help support our shelters. There aren’t actually…any other sources that actually support shelters,” she said, citing that shelters play an important part in helping victims to rebuild their lives after living with domestic violence.
Money raised from the Real Love Walk-A-Thon will first go to The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and then be distributed in the form of grants. The grants are awarded every year in October which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Turning Points has applied to receive a grant again this year.
If you would like to donate to the Real Love Walk-A-Thon to benefit The Mary Kay Foundation℠, it’s not too late. Donations will be accepted through June 1st. Checks can be made out to The Mary Kay Foundation. Contact Carolyn Sammartino at 703-220-1372 for more details.
Founded in 1996 by Mary Kay Ash, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ is dedicated to making an impact in the areas of cancers that affect women and violence against women. As a result of Mary Kay Inc.’s generous administrative assistance to support The Mary Kay Foundation℠, more than 97 percent of each donation dollar goes to support Foundation causes. To learn more about the work of The Mary Kay Foundation℠, visit www.marykayfoundation.org.
Action in Community Through Service of Prince William, Inc. (ACTS) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving the residents of the Greater Prince William Area, which includes the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Their mission is to provide relief, foster hope and promote self-sufficiency for our Prince William area neighbors in crises due to hunger, homelessness and personal violence.