Unique event set for next week uses coins to promote awareness


Pave the Way for Change will mimic this Penny Harvest in NYC

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– A new event will benefit victims of domestic violence, and their children.

The “Pave the Way for Change” event in Russellville will be held August 16th from 7 PM to 4 AM, as part of the Franklin County Watermelon Festival.The point is to cover a street intersection with pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, collected from Watermelon Festival guests and also ahead of time. The proceeds go toward Safeplace, which benefits victims in six Northwest Alabama counties.

Safeplace, Inc.’s Assistant Director Ginger Stone tells WHNT that this is an event never before seen in Alabama.

There will be other activities alongside the coin collection, including a hula-hoop contest put on by the Girl Scouts of America, a bubble gum blowing contest  by the Boy Scouts of America, and a dunking booth by the Police Explorers.  Local cosmetology students will also use hairspray paint to provide “watermelon mohawks” that raise awareness for Cut-it-Out, a program that trains stylists how to help victims they may be working with.

The event will also display local art and music, and give out cash prizes to participants.

Its goal is to continue building a supportive community. View a flyer for the event here.

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