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Posted: July 19, 2012 2:30 a.m.
Updated: July 19, 2012 2:30 a.m.

Walkers participate in warmup exercises on Main Street in Newhall before the fourth annual High-Heel-a-Thon hosted by Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley. Click here for more photos.

The fourth annual High Heel-a-Thon to “stomp out domestic violence” registered more than 200 participants to don their fanciest high heels and march down Main Street in Newhall.

The event, hosted by Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley, benefited the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, Break the Cycle and Valley Trauma Center.

A block of Main Street between Market Street and Sixth Street was blocked off so the group could march down the roadway to the drum cadences of Jimmy Carnelli and his associate Matt Follove of Jimmy Carnelli Music and Entertainment.

A warmup of light exercises for the marchers was led by Amy Noland and Melanie Ferrell of Results Fitness.

Emcee Bill Miranda told the crowd that “violence can happen to anyone, it can happen to you.”

Statistics count 1-in-3 women as victims of some form of domestic violence, Miranda said.

“We have to stop this,” he said. “Part of what we’re doing here today is taking a stand against domestic violence.”

Many of the walkers were members of teams that included Team Got Wilk?, Domestic Violence Center of SCV, Dog Gone Violence, Orange You’re Glad You’re a Woman, Circle of Hope and Not Your Grandmother’s Corset Ladies.

Boy Scouts from Troop 2 in Newhall provided the flag ceremony and led off the parade of marchers.

“We’re here to help stomp out domestic violence,” said Ray Archer, assistant scoutmaster. “It is important to teach young men about healthy relationships.”

Event chairwoman JoAnn Vindigni said the event was held to raise awareness of domestic violence.

“We are hopeful  that as people are more aware they are better able to prevent this kind of violence,” said Vindigni.
Naomi Carmona-Morshead served as assistant event chairwoman.

“We tried to keep the event fun and energetic,” said Carmona-Morshead.

Shana Williams and Setareh Khatibi served as inspirational speakers who told of their own sobering experiences with domestic violence.

Sue Reynolds, president of Soroptimist International of Greater SCV, gathered the Dog Gone Violence team that included her own search and rescue dog, Nudel, and other canine companions.

“These are all pet therapy and search and rescue volunteers,” Reynolds said of her team.

Winner of the Best Costume was the Not Your Grandmother’s Corset Ladies team.  The team with the Best High Heels was Team Got Wilk.

The team with the Most Spirit was the Ferry Berry Godmothers.

Best Sign was carried by the Circle of Hope team.

Most Money was raised by team Orange you’re glad you’re a Woman.


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