The annual Women’s Center of Danbury SafeWalk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 8:30 a.m. in the Danbury Fair Mall.  

And this year there will be plenty of familiar faces in the crowd, including Ridgefield residents and event co-chairs Chip Salvestrini and Kathy Graham. Danbury resident MaryBeth Prunty, who works at Fairfield County Bank in town, is also co-chairing the event.

The event’s first ever honorary is Alex Fischetti, local author and member of Ridgefield High School’s Class of 2009.  

“For the past several years, Alex has been the individual top fund-raiser for this event exceeding $10,000 raised several years in a row,” said Graham.

The RHS football team will again be walking in the event, alongside other teams from town. Those teams include: Fairfield County Bank’s “Strength in Numbers,” Team Walkie Talkie, Rotary Club of Ridgefield, Norwitt Family, Lions Heart Boys 2021 Yellow Ridgefield, Ridgefield Academy, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.

The Rotary Club, Fairfield County Bank, St. Stephen’s, Jesse Lee, and Ridgefield Academy are also event sponsors.

“Jesse Lee is again rearranging the times of their church services on that day to encourage congregational participation,” said Graham.

Other Ridgefield sponsors of the event include: Addessi Jewelers, Lori Berisford & Elaine Cox, Congregation Shir Shalom, Craig's Fine Jewelry, Cramer & Anderson, LLP, Nicholas and Anita Donofrio, Goldstone Foundation, Dewey and Paul McNamara, M&T Bank, Pamby Motors, Ridgefield Hardware, Ridgefield Lions Club, Ridgefield Police Union, Ridgefield Supply, Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield Tiger Touchdown Club, Squash's Office Supply, and Carol and Rich Vazzana.

“The topics of sexual assault, domestic violence, and bullying have been in the news constantly this year — 1,000 people in Pennsylvania sexually assaulted as children by the clergy, 200 young gymnasts abused by their team physician, the Bill Cosby conviction, the Harvey Weinstein scandal as well as the misconduct of a slew of celebrities and high profile business executives,” said Graham. “We have also seen the birth of the #MeToo movement as victims, who have suffered silently, sometimes for decades, are finding the courage to speak out with the hope of helping others. All of this points out the great need for the services that the Womens' Center provides. The tagline of the SafeWalk event is ‘Safe at Home, School and Everywhere in Between.’”

For more information about the Women's Center or the event. go to www.wcogd.org.