A victim of an abusive relationship herself, 2015 Miss America Kira Kazantsev has used the experience to act as an advocate for women. She will bring her message against domestic violence to Findlay, speaking at Open Arms’ Annual Meeting in October.
Open Arms is currently taking reservations for the meeting slated for 7pm on Oct. 19. The event, sponsored by LaRiche Toyota-Subaru, will be held at Parkview Christian Church, 15035 E. State Route 12.
Open Arms serves individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault through crisis intervention, emergency shelter, outreach, advocacy, prevention and education.
Kazantsev chose domestic violence as her platform topic for the Miss America pageant. She suffered through an abusive relationship in college, and is raising awareness with her promotion of “Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence.”
The Annual Meeting is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.
In lieu of an admission cost, participants are encouraged to bring an item from the Open Arms Wish List, which can be found under the tab “You Can Help” on their website openarmsfindlay.org
Reservations can be made on the website or by calling 419-420-9261 by Oct. 15.