Purple lights will illuminate Livingston County when LACASA Center launches its community-wide awareness initiatives in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
LACASA is an independent, locally-based nonprofit that helps victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. The agency also provides educational programs throughout the community to raise public awareness and help prevent abuse.
The organization’s Purple Light Nights® campaign launches Oct. 1, 2018. Purple is the cause color for domestic violence. Area businesses and residents are invited to display purple lights on store fronts and home fronts along with free awareness posters. A variety of purple string lights, porch bulbs and lanterns are available at both LACASA Center and the LACASA Collection for a nominal donation. Posters are provided at no charge.
A “Shine the Light Ceremony” will be held 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Brighton Millpond. The public is invited to participate in this free event, which will feature performances, art displays by survivors, speakers, and the illumination of lights surrounding the millpond.
The evening will include musical interludes provided by the Brighton Men’s A Cappella Choir and the Howell High School A Cappella Choir. An interpretive dance performance will be given by Dynamic Expressions Dance Team of Hartland. Local survivors will display artwork. Speakers will include Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Vailliencourt; LACASA CEO Bobette Schrandt; LACASA Community Education Director Nicole Matthews-Creech; and members of LACASA’s Teen Advisory Council.
“Our goal is for businesses, organizations and neighborhoods in Livingston County to shine purple lights proudly in remembrance of victims and in honor of survivors,” said Nicole Matthews-Creech, LACASA Community Education Director.
“We invite everyone to join us at the community lighting ceremony in Brighton as we gather together to convey hope,” Creech said. “The purple lights ignited that evening will symbolize residents of our county shining the light on domestic violence. In doing so, we honor the victims, survivors, their families and friends, and all those touched by interpersonal violence.”
WANT YOUR OWN PURPLE LIGHTS?
A variety of purple lights currently are available for a donation at LACASA Center, 2895 W. Grand River Ave., Howell; or at LACASA Collection, the nonprofit’s unique charity resale boutique, 120 W. Highland Rd., Kroger/Crossroads Plaza, Howell. Awareness posters to display in windows are provided free of charge. For more information, visit lacasacenter.org or lacasacollection.org.