Modified: September 23, 2016 11:41am
The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women (“ECCSW”) has announced an upcoming “Plant-a-Thon” to take place this Saturday, September 24 from 8:30 – 11:30 am at the Domestic Violence Tribute Garden in Isle View Park. The Plant-A-Thon marks a new beginning for the Tribute Garden and replaces the Bike-A-Thon that had been held at the Garden for the past few years. The event will bring student groups and community partners together to work under the supervision of Master Gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension to plant hundreds of new flowers and plants in designated beds at the Tribute Garden site.
“The Plant-A-Thon is a good event for the Domestic Violence Tribute Garden, one which will further beautify this peaceful oasis on the Niagara River and will also help to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence in our community. We are hoping to create greater community engagement at the Garden with this event and spread our message to new audiences,” said Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Karen King, PhD. “This will be an opportunity to make a beautiful and lasting impact on the only Garden of its kind in Erie County, and also a way to demonstrate to victims of domestic abuse that we support them and we continue to speak out against abuse.”
Students and community groups that will be participating in Plant-A-Thon 2016 include the Girl Scouts of WNY Williamsville Troop #30803, the Buffalo Center for the Arts and Technology, Access WNY, the Arab-American Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo, the University at Buffalo Gender Institute, the Women’s Foundation, the Family Justice Center, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The planting will start at 9:00 am and wrap up at 11:00 am. Attendees are encouraged to bring a gardening trowel if they have one; each student volunteer will receive a pair of tribute garden gardening gloves.
Information about domestic violence and teen dating violence will also be available, and community partners (such as the Family Justice Center) will be on hand to discuss the services they provide.
*** MEDIA: Planting will begin at 9:00 AM; media availabilities will occur at 10:00 AM; planting will conclude by 11:00 AM ***
For more information:
On the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, visit http://www2.erie.gov/csw/