The annual Walk/Run for HAWC is Sunday

Montserrat senior Morgan Dyer (center) reacts with excitement as one of her paintings inspires a bidding war at last month’s Artrageous!27 auction to benefit the Beverly school.
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Montserrat senior Morgan Dyer (center) reacts with excitement as one of her paintings inspires a bidding war at last month’s Artrageous!27 auction to benefit the Beverly school.

STEPPING UP AND OUT: The annual Walk/Run for HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) is in Salem on Sunday.

Both runners and walkers begin at Salem Common, follow a 5-mile route through the historic section of the city, and end back at the common.

The event is the regional nonprofit’s largest fund-raiser of the year. This installment’s honorary chairwoman is Kayla Harrison of Marblehead, winner of the gold medal in judo at the Summer Olympics last year in London.


While preparing for the competition, Harrison spoke publicly about abuse by her childhood coach.

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Shortly after she moved to Marblehead, and with the support of family, friends, her new coach, Jimmy Pedro, and his father, Harrison recognized her inner strength and focused on becoming the world’s best in her sport.

At the London Olympics, she achieved her longtime goal of winning a gold medal in judo, which had never been accomplished by a US man or woman.

Since Harrison came out publicly about her abuse, many victims have disclosed their personal experiences to her.

“I am honored to walk with HAWC supporters so that I can bring hope to victims and remove any shame they may feel, so they, too, can achieve their personal goals,” said Harrison.


For 35 years, HAWC has aided domestic abuse victims through free and confidential services, including a 24-hour hot line, individual advocacy, support groups, legal advocacy, shelters, youth violence prevention programs, and community education.

Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the walk/run kicks off at noon, and the postrace festivities start at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 800-547-1649.

“MIRACLE’’ BRUNCH: The Miracle Providers NorthEast, based in Lowell, hosts a “Cinco De Mayo Diva Brunch” at the Methuen VFW on Sunday.

The fund-raiser features food and entertainment by the Miracle Divas, a troupe of drag queens that includes performers from Lowell, Boston, Manchester, N.H., and Provincetown.


Founded in June 2002, the Miracle Providers NorthEast raises funds to benefit local children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

It partners with agencies throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Local agencies include AIDS Response Seacoast in Portsmouth, N.H.; Lowell Community Health Center in Lowell; Southern New Hampshire HIV/AIDS Task Force in Nashua; and the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence.

Case managers and health care professionals help families cope with the realities of HIV and AIDS, and work to improve vital services such as medical care, housing, and advocacy.

The brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, or $175 for a table of 8.

Call 978-458-9838 or visit

AUCTION SUCCESS: This spring’s edition of Montserrat College of Art’s annual auction and gala party, ­Artrageous!27, broke records when 800 friends of the Beverly school came together to raise approximately $350,000 for student scholarships.

More than 200 paintings, prints, photographs, illustrations, sculptures, jewelry, giftware, and trips were donated by Montserrat students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, and established and emerging artists from across the nation for the benefit event.

Montserrat is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design founded in 1970 by artists, for artists.

Call 978-867-9613 or visit

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival has received a gold star award for excellence in community arts and culture from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The festival celebrates Salem’s jazz history with a series of free concerts featuring national, regional, and local artists, as well as students and faculty from the Berklee College of Music. Since its inception five years ago, the festival has raised nearly $25,000 for local music education programs and student scholarships. . . . Ligia ­Domenech of Haverhill, a professor at Northern Essex Community College, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in its summer institute, “India’s Past and the Making of the Present.” The program gives 24 higher education faculty the opportunity to spend four weeks studying the history and culture of India in New Delhi and other locations. Domenech has a master’s degree in Caribbean anthropology and a doctorate in the history of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. She joined the department of global studies at Northern Essex in the fall of 2011.

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