Kristin's Fund Gala raises money and awareness for domestic violence

The 2nd annual Kristin's Fund Gala raises funds for domestic violence awareness.

Posted: Mar 10, 2018 11:24 PM

VERONA, NY – It’s been almost nine years since Kristin Palumbo tragically lost her life in a domestic violence incident.

She was stabbed to death by her husband, who then turned the knife on himself.

Since that time, her family and friends established Kristin’s Fund, as a way to remember her and to help educate the public about the dangers of domestic violence.

Saturday, the 2nd annual Kristin’s Fund Gala was held at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona.

There was plenty of food, music, and various prizes that were auctioned off.

The event featured special guest speaker Taylor Armstrong of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Armstrong herself is a victim of domestic violence.

Gina Pearce, one of the co-founders of Kristin’s Fund, says hearing Armstrong speak was very enlightening.

"The reason her message is so strong is twofold. One, it proves that domestic violence can happen to anyone, anywhere. Secondly she can teach us all about the perspective of the victim. If you read her book and listen to her speak you really can understand how someone in that position feels, and that really creates the empathy and the support that victims need."

Thanks to last year’s gala, Kristin’s Fund was able to award a grant to Catholic Charities of Herkimer County so they could hire a full time dedicated educator and community outreach coordinator.

They were also able to provide some funding for Utica College’s Red Flag campaign which raises awareness of relationship and sexual violence on campus.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 451227

Reported Deaths: 33090
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens718187245
Kings673917319
Bronx526664942
Nassau463252201
Suffolk461762011
Westchester378661454
New York331463173
Richmond157861085
Rockland14891675
Orange11835498
Erie11082689
Monroe5925289
Dutchess5084153
Onondaga4253205
Albany3037134
Oneida2378123
Ulster224495
Niagara1733101
Putnam158363
Sullivan157348
Broome147669
Schenectady138348
Saratoga100617
Rensselaer90142
Columbia58237
Chautauqua5479
Madison48917
Ontario46535
Oswego4643
Tompkins3990
Warren36333
Steuben36042
Chemung3493
Fulton33224
Otsego3325
Orleans32554
Herkimer32210
Greene32118
St. Lawrence3194
Genesee3175
Wayne3115
Washington28814
Cattaraugus2556
Chenango2487
Montgomery2294
Tioga22525
Cayuga2022
Livingston2028
Jefferson1640
Cortland1620
Essex1610
Clinton1555
Wyoming1325
Delaware1314
Seneca1053
Allegany991
Schoharie830
Franklin650
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler390
Hamilton150
Unassigned016
Utica
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 54°
Oneonta
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 52°
Herkimer
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 54°
Thendara
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 54°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left