By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
On a recent Sunday morning as the sun rose over a sleepy Boca Raton and Delray Beach, hundreds of joggers and power-walked across a road course at the 8th Annual Race for Hope to support AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse at Florida Atlantic University.
Ara Toroyan has been a Boca Raton resident for 17 years and each year he looks forward to running the AVDA Race in an effort to support two men and their families affected by violence.
“I’ve been running in this event to support AVDA and local victims of domestic abuse for the past 15 years,” said Toroyan.
Toroyan, is a certified public accountant (CPA) and the Director of Financial Planning & Procurement at NCCI Holdings Inc. in Boca Raton.
Scott Miller and Beth Miller were one of the many sponsors who supported AVDA at the event and also raced in the USA Track & Field (USATF) certified 5K and 10K races. The Miller’s own Miller Physical Therapy in Delray Beach. Miller Physical Therapy, an AVDA sponsor for the 12th straight year, was one of numerous local sponsors who’s support helps benefit AVDA’s 24/7 hotline, an emergency shelter, Caso Vegso Transitional Housing facility, as well as outreach, educational and prevention programs offered by AVDA in Palm Beach County. The Miller’s set-up a tent at the event packed with giveaways and information on Miller Physical Therapy’s programs to help local residents with physical therapy and a path back to quality of life.
Abby Ross ran the AVDA race again after finding out about the event years ago while working for a dedicated congresswoman. Ross is the legislative aide for State Representative Lori Berman, District 90, which encompasses mostly Boynton Beach.
“I found out about the race while working for Representative Lori Berman. Representative Berman used to have an office in Delray Beach where the AVDA race was held in the past. This is my third year running in the race. I found out about the race through local happenings. It’s kind of serendipity,” said Ross.
Cary Glickstein, Mayor of Delray Beach attended the event to support AVDA and Jeffrey Goldman, Delray Beach Police Chief ran in the race as well as gave his support for victims of domestic abuse.
The AVDA support at the race poured in from people of all ages. Dan Fuoco, a retired resident of Boca Raton, bicycled to the race to support AVDA by entering and then used it train for an upcoming marathon he plans to run early next year in 2018. Even teenagers ran to support AVDA.
“I ran to support AVDA,” said De’Shaun Brown, 13, of West Palm Beach. I’ve been running since 2013 and today I finished my race in 29 minutes and change.”
For more information about AVDA call 561-265-3797 or visit AVDAonline.org.