A Mullens man is organizing an event to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Nathan England, Sr., says the event, set for Sept. 11 at Tamarack in Beckley, will raise funds for local women’s shelters and facilities.
England says that, while helping families get back on their feet after fires and other challenges, he met “several men, women and children that have been affected by domestic violence.
“Their stories are enough to male anyone want to help, but it’s a major problem in the state and needs all the support it can get,” he added.
Among the guest speakers will be Wyoming County native, women’s world boxing champion and domestic violence survivor Christy Martin.
“I’ve been a fan of Christy Martin ever since she started boxing,” England noted. “Knowing her story, I approached her about speaking out against domestic violence, and she was all in. She wants to help and see that the problem is stopped in all situations.”
Also speaking will be members of the The Alicia Dawn Foundation, a non-profit organization, and a domestic violence child survivor and bodybuilder, Roger “Rock” Lockridge.
“We will cover all genres of domestic violence at this event and just want to help the community through speaking and education,” stated England.
“We hope to sell the Tamarack theater out and not just to raise money, but if we can just help one person get out of a bad situation, it’ll all be worth it,” he continued.
Tickets are $10 and are on sale now.
The Sept. 11 event begins at 6 p.m.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.