Under clear blue skies and with perfect temperatures, organizers declared the second annual Holly’s Hope 5K Run, held Saturday, October 10, an unmitigated success. More than 90 runners took part in the race which began and ended at Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air and meandered along the MA & PA trail. Together participants raised $8,817 to benefit SARC, the non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence in the community.
Bel Air resident Ethan Brito organized the first race last year to honor his Aunt Holly, a survivor of domestic violence. Ethan was unable to attend the race this year since he is a Cadet at West Point. Race namesake Holly, a former client of SARC, was on hand at the event and spoke passionately about her gratitude to SARC for supporting her when she was ready to leave a dangerous partner.
Commenting on the success of the race, SARC Chief Executive Officer Luisa Caiazzo says, “The turnout for this year’s race was wonderful. Since domestic violence and abuse affect everyone, not just the victims, it is gratifying to see so many members of the community lend their support.” She adds, “We are grateful for the fundraising efforts of the runners and the contributions from our sponsors and donors. Their time and financial support will help build awareness about the services SARC provides, and give victims like Holly access to the resources they need to build a life free from abuse and fear.”