This RIDE FOR THE DAWN will benefit the local Domestic and Sexual Violence Center in Hernando County. Their mission is to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence by providing supportive services and leadership that promotes social change.
This is the second annual event that is the brainchild of a ninth-grade student who had to complete a project for school by giving back to a local non-profit. Dawn Center is thankful that Alyssa chose them for last years event that brought in almost $5k in donations. Alyssa and her family have decided to make this an annual event. With the help of Dawn Center staff and community partners, we have changed up the event and will be doing an activity (described below) while the riders go to 5 locations.
"In Their Shoes" is an activity designed for learning about domestic violence. Participants move, do, think and experience the lives of battered women. It is a similar experience as the choose your own adventure stories. Riders will pick up their story at the registration stop. They will go to a total of 5 stops, ending at the after-party. The after-party will have 50/50 chance drawing, live music, beer and wine for purchase, wine tasting, and food trucks.
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All proceeds will go to benefit Dawn Center programs. Dawn Center is a 501C-3 non-profit. "Dawn Center of Hernando County has been an equal opportunity services provider since 1986. Dawn Center victim services are free of charge. In accordance with federal law, this agency is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, gender, color, age, sex, gender identity, national origin, religion, political beliefs, disability, veteran’s or marital status or any other category protected by law. Interpreter services will be provided for the deaf or hard of hearing, and persons with limited English proficiency free of cost. Accommodations at special events will be made available to persons living with disabilities if requested 5 days prior to the event."