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RISE celebrates 40 years of serving domestic abuse survivors at “Party like it’s 1979”

ENDWELL (WBNG) — To celebrate 40 years of helping abuse victims in our community, RISE is taking it back to the year it all started.

More than a hundred people came out to their “Party like it’s 1979” disco at the Riverdale Banquet Hall Friday night, with most attendees dressed up for the occasion.

When RISE first opened, it was one of the first domestic violence shelters in the state. Since then, they have expanded to become one of the largest domestic violence service providers in the area.

“We really focus on the transformation of survivors,” says Nicole Barren, Executive Director of RISE. “We don’t dwell on their experiences. So I think this party really reflects that. We’re celebrating all of the lives we’ve saved and the services we’ve provided.”

This was also their first fundraiser in 10 years.

They tell us they’re on track to raise hundreds of dollars to benefit their organization. The event coincides with recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

David Caya

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