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.