Artemis Center announces event to end domestic violence

DAYTON — On Saturday September 26, Artemis Center will host its annual bike ride, ‘Artemis Gone Riding: Cycling to End Domestic Violence.’

The event will be held behind Wegerzyn Gardens at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., and draws riders from throughout the Miami Valley. The brunch and ride is a fun filled occasion that creates an atmosphere unlike any other fund-raiser.

Past attendees have described this ride as a “can’t miss event.” Cyclists choose from a 10, 16, or 22 mile path to ride along our beautiful river corridors. Registered riders and attendees will receive an event T- Shirt, Swag Bag, enjoy a pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes, with optional VIP packages with omelet station by Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering, mimosa bar and beer garden provided by Michelob ULTRA and Heidelberg Distributing.

Registration is going on now. Go to Gather family, friends and colleagues, register as an individual or form a Pedal Crew to collect pledges and fundraise! Awards will be presented for best costumes, top fund-raisers and largest pedal crews. You don’t have to join a team; you’ll make plenty of new friends on the ride.

Prior to the ride participants can get a bike-check compliments of K&G Bike Center. There will also be a Black Pug Bike Repair on the course providing SAG (Support and Gear) and Bike Miami Valley will be offering up cycling safety tips. Jim Merrick the ‘Grateful Parrot’ and Blackhawk Entertainment will keep the ‘Hub Hoppin’ with live music and masterful mixes while attendees enjoy interactive ‘Swag Stations’ that include, puppies for adoption by Luv 4 K9’s, henna tattoos from Henna by Lilly, self-defense demonstrations by Quest Center for Martial Arts, blood sugar screening and blood pressure testing by Kettering Health Network, ‘Build Your Own Cookie’ with Evans Bakery, and pampering by Jamberry Nails, Mary Kay and Rodan+Fields with hand massages and nail painting by the Women of Delta Sigma Theta. There will also be a Kid’s Fun Zone, featuring a bounce house, and face painting by the Skull Dollz.

HopeLine By Verizon is the presenting sponsor. HopeLine provides ways for individuals to take action against Domestic Violence by donating no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any service provider. Verizon turns these resources into support for Domestic Violence organizations like Artemis Center.

Artemis Center asks that you help support the HopeLine program by bringing your old phones that need recycled to Artemis Gone Riding. There will be phone donation boxes available. Other major corporate sponsors include: The Dayton Power and Light Company, Cox Medial Group, Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners, Carroll – Wuretz Tire Company, B&G Equipment & Truck Repair, Dayton Bike Exchange, Heidelberg and Michelob Ultra, and Voss Honda.

Many in our community are looking for champions to take a stance against Domestic Violence and to let them know that they are not forgotten. Each year in Montgomery County alone, of 122,996 children, 2,210 live in homes where Domestic Violence is occurring. Similarly, among the 170,229 women who call our communities home, 3,060 are physically assaulted by a current or former partner.

Since 1985, Artemis Center has served over 90,000 women and their children. Artemis is dedicated to its mission of ‘Leading the Community in its Commitment to End Domestic Violence.’ Services include the operation of a 24/7 crisis hotline (in partnership with the YWCA Dayton), court accompaniment, community education, support group facilitation, basic needs support, child therapy, and more. All of the services offered by Artemis Center are provided at no cost to our clients. The publics assistance will help keep these programs in place to break the cycle of Domestic Violence.

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Reach the Artemis Center at (937) 461-5091 or (937) 222-SAFE (7233), 310 West Monument Ave., Dayton, OH.