Montclair, N.J. – This Saturday, September 10, 2016, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) will once again spread the word that “With Awareness There is Hope” at its 6th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in Montclair’s Canterbury Park. Registration for the event begins at 9 AM, the Walk begins at 10 AM, and the program will end at about Noon.  This year’s Grand Marshall is Saleemah Staten, a 20 year domestic violence survivor and owner of NJ Hair Salon in Union, NJ.

S.O.F.I.A. is pleased to share the generous sponsors who make the Walk Against Domestic Violence possible. Phil and Tammy Murphy and Supreme Energy are GOLD Sponsors this year.  The Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation (MNDC) and NJ Hair Studio are both SILVER Sponsors. And this year’s BRONZE Sponsors are Applebee’s, Eureka Lodge, Fellowship Baptist Church in Irvington NJ, Boiling Springs Bank, Haven Savings, Love You Girl, Brother to Brother, and Baskerville Moving Montclair 4-Ward.  These sponsorships help keep our support programs and victims services vibrant, consistent, and effective.

S.O.F.I.A. is grateful for local businesses that provide donations in kind including Brookdale ShopRite, Sunrise Bagels, Pooka Pure & Simple, Gariel Screen Printing, Parlor Hair Studio, Anthony Franco’s Pizzeria, TLC Relax Station, Deborah Smith/JerseyBites, KOPE ELECTRIC, Oriental Trading, Universal Martial Arts, Vital Dining, and Treasure Bracelets by Liz.

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Our participant Swag Bags are filled with products and coupons from, L-3 Mobile Vision, Fragrance Net, Haribo, Yarok, Fundraising For A Cause, Moberg Pharma, Pura Vida Bracelets, Platinum Fitness, Salon Femi, Ouidad, Jazz House Kids, Oriental Trading, Investors Bank, Kerasal, Ascend Physical Therapy, RHG Architecture and Design.

Joining S.O.F.I.A.’s 6th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence on September 10th means showing support through action and dedication. S.O.F.I.A. holds its Walk Against Domestic Violence is to show our survivors, as well as those still in abusive relationships, that they are not alone and that they have a network of support behind them.

It’s not too late to get involved! Registration for individuals starts at just $10, and Team Captains can register teams for $35 and have team members sign up for $10 each. Teams representing a business, organization, or community group highlight community involvement and values. We hope you’ll join us!  See details:

Those unable to join the event can make a donation directly to S.O.F.I.A. in honor or remembrance of a loved one via PayPal ( or send a check to SOFIA, PO Box 674, Montclair, NJ 07042.