October fundraiser to benefit Stop Abuse Today, Inc.

HOLLAND — Circle the calendar as local police are partnering once again with Team Hoyt to lace up sneakers and fight domestic violence.

On Saturday, October 6, the Holland Police Department and Team Hoyt will be hosting the second annual Stop Abuse Today 5K. Proceeds will be donated to Stop Abuse Today Inc., a local nonprofit organization whose purpose is to counsel and support abuse victims, as well as to provide the public with awareness and education related to abuse prevention.

In 2001, the Holland Police Department joined forces with the Tri-Town Domestic Violence Task Force, which was created after a Wales resident, Sheryl Crane, was murdered by her ex-husband. Over the years, the Task Force has worked arduously to support domestic violence victims by providing counsel and education, and by raising awareness in our communities on how to break the chain of violence.

In 2017, The Task Force, which served the citizens of Brimfield, Holland and Wales for more than 15 years, was designated as the charter member of Stop Abuse Today. Although domestic violence is still a major area of focus for the group, the members recognize that there is a need to expand services and resources into other areas of abuse, to include elder abuse and bullying among our youth.

Those interested in donating to Stop Abuse Today may send a check, made out to Stop Abuse Today, Inc., and submit it to Stop Abuse Today, 27 Sturbridge Road, Holland, MA 01521. The group is reliant on donations in order to operate because they do not receive direct funding from municipal or government agencies.

For more information, contact Holland Police Chief Brian Haughey at bhaughey@town.holland.ma.us or 413-245-0117, ext. 330.

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