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Auburn to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Friday ceremony

The City of Auburn Domestic Violence Task Force and Mayor Pete Lewis will "light up City Hall purple" – the color associated with domestic violence — in a ceremony Friday as they join with domestic violence survivors and the Auburn Police Department to provide awareness of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The ceremony is scheduled for noon at the City Hall Plaza, 25 W. Main St., with the lighting of purple lights and ribbons. Lewis will deliver a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Awards will be given to police officers who made a difference in a survivor's life. A survivor's story will be followed with a prayer led by City Chaplain Michael Hursh. The lights will be turned on and purple ribbons and signs will be placed around City Hall Plaza and remain on during October as a reminder and time to reflect on the responsibilities of communities and citizens to build healthy, thriving families free from the threat of violence.

Purple lights will be available for sale ($3) to the public. Proceeds benefit City of Auburn survivors and their families.

• Skate to Stop Domestic Violence: 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, Skate Connection, 1825 Howard Road, Auburn. Skating and skate rentals are free; rollerblades $2. Complimentary cake, coffee and lemonade. Donations accepted. Proceeds benefit survivors of domestic violence in Auburn. For more information, call 253-939-2243.

• City Council meeting: 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, City Hall, 25 W. Main St. City of Auburn Domestic Violence Task Force accepts proclamation from Mayor Lewis.

• Sixth annual Children's Purple Pumpkin Fun Walk to Stop the Violence: 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, Roegner Park, 601 Oravetz Road SE. Auburn Domestic Violence Task Force hosting. Entrance fee for 5K is $10 (or donation) for the family. Costume contest. Pets on leashes welcome. Costumes for animals is optional. Proceeds to support survivors of domestic violence. For more information, contact Kim at 253-939-2243 or Shelly at 253-931-3072.

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In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year, the first national toll-free hotline began. In 1989, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress.

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