Victory for Victims Raises $160,613


 NHMC’s Center for Assault Treatment Services (C⋅A⋅T⋅S) hosted the 16th Annual “Victory for Victims 5K/10K Walk/Run on April 21 at Woodley Park, Van Nuys.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will benefit the C⋅A⋅T⋅S, which is the only 24-hour/7-day-per-week program providing forensic medical evidentiary examinations and interviews in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys for victims of domestic and sexual violence and child sexual and physical abuse. 

During the opening ceremonies,  Aurian Chisholm, representing Van Nuys High School sang the National Anthem.  Each year, three awards are presented that honor people and organizations that support the work of C⋅A⋅T⋅S.  This year’s honorees included Lynda Levitan, receiving the Jackie Lacey "Voice of the Community" Award; Kevin and Mare Wachs, Earthly Body receiving the Chuck Street "Sky's the Limit" Award; and Office Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, receiving the Rafer Johnson "Medal of Justice" Award.  Councilwoman Nury Martinez’ office presented all awardees with certificates. 

Congressman Brad Sherman’s office presented C⋅A⋅T⋅S with a flag that flew over the White House. Then, with fanfare from California State University (CSUN) Drumline, the 1,291 runners were off to the races, many of them as members of the 50 registered teams and 72  pets brought their owners out for the AKC 1-mile friendly dog walkers. Our goal this year for our first  American Kennel Club (AKC) Friendly 1-Mile Dog Walk was 50 and we reached 72 registered participants! The dogs received a Victory for Victims custom bandana and a finisher medal. 

Upon crossing the finish line, everyone enjoyed the Expo stopping to visit the 50 booths.   All participants in the 5K and 10K  received finisher medals and t-shirts!  Our Kids fun zone included an inflatable obstacle course,  rock climbing wall, free fidget spinners and an arts and crafts area.

This event is not possible without our major and in kind sponsors.  The title sponsor this year was Panera Bread with other major sponsors  the John W. Carson Foundation, IMT Residential, AKC, Dragons Martial Arts, Unicel, Premier America, EAA, Earthly Body and PDC.   Participants also enjoyed amazing food generously donated by  Los Toros, Panera, Kind Bars,Yerba Mate Drink, Albertsons and Yogo Yogurt.

We like to thank our city officials who participated by sponsorship or by given us their time during the event; Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Congressman,Tony Cardenas, Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl, Councilman Bob Blumenfield, Councilman Mitch Englander, Congressman Brad Sherman and, Mayor Garcetti. We also like to thank Neighborhood councils who also participated by building community team and or donations, Arleta Neighborhood Council, Reseda Neighborhood Council and Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council.

We thank all of our sponsors, participants  and volunteers for helping to make this another amazing event.