Astro were delighted to take part in a charity 'Pier to Pier Walkathon' on April 28th in aid of the Richstone Family Center. An annual event and now in its 31st year, the Walkathon began at 8am with a 3.4 mile route from the Manhatten Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back. Astro West Coast Regional Sales Manager Jennifer Dougherty walked on behalf of the Astro team along with the Lighting Design Alliance, who were the second top fundraising company for the event, raising a fantastic $6,750.
The Richstone Family Center is dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse, strengthening families and preventing violence in families, schools and communities. It is one of the most progressive centers for trauma-focused treatment and provides a safe-haven for those that might otherwise never receive appropriate treatment. Their programs protect children by building stable and healthy families and decreasing violence in families, schools and communities.
Unfortunately, demand for their programs continues to grow - last year child abuse cases rose by 30% and the region saw an 18% increase in reported domestic violence cases.
This year's Walkathon was once again a huge success, raising over $140,000 for the charity, which will help to provide crucial ongoing therapy and wellness programmes for children and families within the L.A Countys South Bay and neighboring South L.A areas.
Find out more about the Richstone Family Center here.
Photographer: Edward McClure