NORWICH – According to Catholic Charities of Chenango County, women make up the highest percentage of victims of crime locally, and to combat that statistic, the organization will be holding two empowering events this week to bring awareness to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The first event takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Howard Johnson’s Hotel in Norwich with the Fifth Annual Celebration of Women. “The goal of the program is to educate and empower women and to highlight the services available in the county,” said Catholic Charities Crime Victims Program Educator and Advocate Beth Neuland.
The Celebration of Women will run from 6 to 8 p.m., but a lot of information and activities will be packed into the two-hour event. Front Porch Harmony will take the stage from 6:15 until 7 p.m. The Donna Frech School of Dance will perform from 7:15 to 7:30 p.m., and Fusion with Shelly Harris will perform from 7:30 to 8 p.m. A martial arts demonstration by Robin King and a motivational speech by Maria Stamatatos, owner of Gus’ Steakhouse, will also take place over the course of the evening.