Family Justice Center Foundation Virtual 11K in October

Story by: Cheryl Kravitz

Almost 400 participants and 40 teams have registered so far for the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation Virtual 11K. Participants can walk, run or stroll 11k (6.835 miles) any time, any place during the month of October. Cost is $35.00 plus a $3.00 signup fee. Registration runs through October 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Tom DeGonia, Chair of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation, has formed a team. Even his dog is going to walk to raise funds to help victims of domestic violence. DeGonia is delighted with the response in Montgomery County, and, for some teams, around the United States.

DeGonia, a partner at Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, Rowan & Hartinger, notes that “the virtual run is a very simple way to become an advocate, and one person can make a difference in another’s life.”

The Montgomery County Family Justice Center was founded to provide coordinated advocacy, government, civil legal services, and social services for victims of domestic violence and their children in a safe and secure location.

“Before we had a Family Justice Center it was difficult for victims to maneuver through the system to get help. Now there is a one stop shop where they can find the help they need,” said DeGonia.

“The 11K is a way to bring awareness to this issue so that we have our eyes open and are equipped with the information about resources available in Montgomery County. We are especially concerned that while avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, for victims of abuse, home is often the most dangerous place to be. The abuser will now have more opportunities to exert power and control.”

Individuals and teams can join between now and October 31. Registrants will receive a MoCoFJC11k medal while supplies last.

Link to the website is: https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/YourTown/VirtualFJC11k Options include signing up as individual or team. Hashtag for the 11K is #MoCoFJC11K.

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