The Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association (MDSAA) donated $3,000 to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence this morning. The charitable contribution represents the proceeds from MDSAA’s inaugural 7k Run to Remember held on Saturday, April 5 at Centennial Park in Howard County. The charity race kicked off Maryland’s observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Howard County State’s Attorney Dario Broccolino, who serves as immediate past president of MDSAA, hailed the race as a milestone in public support for crime victims’ services and compensation—one that relies not solely on taxpayer dollars but also on charitable contributions plus fines and penalties paid by criminal offenders.
“The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence is a terrific beneficiary of the Run to Remember because they promote a coordinated community response to end domestic violence throughout the state,” he stated. Mr. Broccolino also credited Howard County Deputy State’s Attorney Kim Oldham with originating the idea of a state-wide event, through the state’s attorneys’ association, to support victims of crime.
Tovah Kasdin, president of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence said the organization “is thrilled” to be the recipient of charitable funds raised during the inaugural race. “The work to end domestic violence requires the efforts of diverse organizations and allies. That is why we are proud of our collaboration with the state’s attorneys’ association to support our work on behalf of victims,” she said.
Race organizers are already planning the second 7k Run to Remember, scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015.