PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Hope’s Door will participate in the 14th Annual Brides March on Friday, Sept. 26 to honor the memory of Gladys Ricart and all victims of domestic violence homicide.
Gladys Ricart, a Washington Heights resident from the Dominican Republic, was murdered on her wedding day, Sept. 26, 1999, in New Jersey by her abusive former boyfriend. The annual Brides March was started in 2001 to remember her and other victims who have lost their lives at the hands of an intimate partner as well as to raise awareness about domestic violence. “Hope’s Door is honored to be participating in this year’s Brides March," said Hope's Door Executive Director CarlLa Horton. "Not only is it important to memorialize Gladys and others who have lost their lives to intimate partner abuse, but also to raise awareness that 75 percent of domestic violence homicides occur after a victim leaves the abuser or expresses a sincere intent to do so." People will begin gathering at 8 a.m. at the Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church at 21 Wadsworth Ave., at the corner of West 174th Street in Washington Heights, New York. The opening ceremony will be at 9 a.m. and the seven-mile walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. The closing ceremony will begin at 3:45 p.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. Women are encouraged to march in white wedding dresses or a white outfit. Men who participate are encouraged to march in all black. Participants are welcome to bring photos and posters of domestic violence victims who have lost their lives. Altars and podiums will memorialize them at various points throughout the walk. For more information about the walk, visit http://hopesdoorny.org/events/fourteenth-annual-gladys-ricart-brides-march/ or call 914-747-0828. To register for the march, visit the registration page on www.bridesmarch.com.
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