Women’s MMA promotion Invicta Fighting Championships has partnered with Kansas City-based Hope House, a non-profit shelter and service for victims of domestic violence, in order to provide both moral and financial aid for those who have suffered, and to support National Domestic Violence Awareness Month that is observed annually in October.
Invicta FC will be donating proceeds from the sale of merchandise from their website to Hope House which will kick off the “Knock Out Domestic Violence” campaign. The merchandise will consist of Knock Out Domestic Violence and Invicta FC co-branded apparel.
Also, Invicta FC will be recognizing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by asking all fans attending their Invicta FC 3 event on October 6th to wear purple colored clothing, which is the traditional symbol of strength and courage and the theme color for the month.
“The foundation of Invicta FC is a collection of women who are empowered as a result of physical and mental training they experience in martial arts, so this partnership is a means of reaching out through Hope House, an incredibly devoted vehicle, to those who have had traumatic experiences and could benefit from the comfort and support of our athletes and our organization,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp.
“Hope House is pleased to partner with Invicta FC” said CEO, MaryAnne Metheny, “an organization dedicated to empowering women feels like the right match for us.” “Our goal for women entering our services is to help work through their issues. With time, support, encouragement and a helping hand, it’s amazing what transformations can take place. Once on their feet again, they are able to thrive on their own and feel that sense of empowerment.”
Hope House (www.hopehouse.net) works with over 10,000 survivors of domestic violence annually with two secure locations in the Kansas City area. These locations can house as many as 122 women and children while also offering a family care center, therapy space, administrative offices and community training facilities.
In 1989, Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has been passed every year since. This is a great cause, but sadly many domestic violence cases do not get reported to authorities. Be sure to do you part in supporting these efforts that can help those in need.
Tickets for Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, priced from $25, are on sale at Memorial Hall box office (913-549-4853), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at (800-745-3000). Doors at Memorial Hall open at 5 p.m. CST and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m. CST.
The live stream of the event on InvictaFC.com will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST with the event’s six-bout preliminary card and continue with the eight-bout main card.