Gallery: St. Jude House candlelight vigil

St. Jude House Executive Director Linda C. Perez speaks at the annual St. Jude House candlelight vigil.

John J. Watkins, The Times

For the first time, St. Jude House held an online contest to promote domestic violence awareness month.

The contest took place on Facebook, and participants were asked to like/follow the St. Jude House Facebook page, and share the original contest post using the hashtags #stoptheviolence, #endthesilence, and #DVawarenessmonth. Participants were also asked to include the purple heart emoji in their posts, a staple in any St. Jude House awareness post. Each week, the first 50 likers to follow these rules were entered into a drawing to win a $50 VISA gift card.

There were four total drawings throughout the month of October, each taking place on what St. Jude House refers to as “Awareness Wednesday," a day when their Facebook posts are dedicated specifically to spreading awareness of domestic violence throughout the community. The four winners (Julia Vale, Brooke Mathis, Kim Koepke Sargent and Abbie Gail) each received a Facebook post of recognition along with their gift cards.

“I shared the post so that people can be more informed about what domestic violence is and how to prevent it,” said Julia Vale, the first contest winner of the month. “Domestic violence is an important issue that I feel often gets overlooked, especially since October is also breast cancer awareness month. I just wanted to help show people that there are other major issues out there that need support.”

The goal of the contest was to get the community involved in spreading awareness, as well as increase exposure of St. Jude House and their mission. By the end of the month, the contest was deemed a success, and is definitely something that St. Jude House is open to doing again in the near future.

St. Jude House, located in Crown Point, pursues a vision where all engage in healthy relationships characterized by the mutual sharing of resources and responsibility.

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