Victim Advisory Council Hosts Celebration of Survivorship

                                                                                                                       NEWS RELEASE #: 17-072 - MARCH 16, 2107

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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Victim Assistance Unit and members of the Sarasota County Victim Advisory Council will host Celebration of Survivorship: A Musical Tribute to Crime Victims, as part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

The event will take place on Monday, April 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. The event is co-sponsored by members of the Sarasota Police Department, State Attorney's Office, Child Protection Center, Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of the Attorney General.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) was established to raise awareness of and provide support for the needs of crime victims and their families, as well as industry professionals who advocate for victims of crime. Cities and counties across the nation are encouraged to engage their residents through events and open up a dialogue about healing and survivorship.

"We believe it's crucial for the community to be aware of this initiative and be active participants in the healing process," said Autumn Roppolo, Victim Advocate Coordinator for the sheriff's office. "The Celebration of Survivorship serves as a source of restoration as well as a reminder that victim needs are ongoing and should be voiced."

The event will feature music from NexxLevel, a southwest Florida band known for entertaining audiences with lively dance music. Guests can expect to hear classics from the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gap Band, The Commodores, Bob Marley, and more.