BRAWLEY â€“ On the 4th anniversary of her passing, The Women of Virtue Empowerment Network or WOVEN hosted the 4th annual Amber Bryant Memorial 5k Walk/Run at Jeff Thorton Park in Brawley on Saturday.
In 2010, Imperial Valley resident Amber Bryant was the tragic victim of domestic violence.
Over 50 runners and walkers participated in the event that is held each year to draw awareness to domestic violence and honor the memory of the young mother.
WOVEN is a non-profit faith-based organization that provides small group classes, individual counseling, clothing, and housing for women in special circumstances. All curriculum is based on Godâ€™s Word and all facilitation is done through the love of Christ.
Stacie Chandler is the Executive Director of WOVEN and emceed Saturdayâ€™s event.
“I want to thank all of our sponsors and participants for this year’s event,” said Chandler. “Domestic violence can be stopped if more are aware of the help WOVEN can offer.”
The men’s winner of the 5k run was Joshua Wells, while the women’s winner was Maribel Flores. Winners of the walk were Team Desert Review, which included Debbie Deen of Brawley and her daughter, Penelope Diaz.
The perpetual plaque for the largest team went to Team LAW, consisting of the Locher, Ashurst, and Wells families.
Verna Wright, affectionately known as Mrs. WOW, from IVC/Deanza Elementary School and some of her students released colorful balloons at the end of the presentation of awards.
To donate to WOVEN, Send your check to: WOVEN Center,159 South 6th Street in Brawley, CA 92227.