A Sold Out Crowd Attended Michelle Knight Event!

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Michelle Knight Captivates a Sold Out Audience During United Way of Lake County's Educational Awareness Event Held to Place a Spotlight on Domestic Violence and Abuse Issues in Lake County.

A sold out crowd of nearly 400 attendees joined us for dinner and evening with Michelle Knight during Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at LaMalfa in Mentor. Our goal in hosting the event was to shed a spotlight on domestic violence and abuse issues faced by victims and thier families in Lake County. Mallory Babika, Survivor and Founder of Tackle Domestic Violence described the night as, ".....by far one of the best domestic violence awareness events that I have been to."

Michael Cardomone of WKYC-TV's Live on Lakeside moderated the evening in a sit down with Michelle where she recalled moments of her time in captivity. Michelle also shared a first-hand account of the courage, strength and hope that's made her one of the most inspirational women of our time. Michelle was just a young, single mother and the first of three women abducted by Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro. She spent over ten years in captivity emerging from the worst of circumstances with a powerful inner will and desire to take back her life, rebuild, and let others know that they, too, can survive anything. Her story is one of triumph over tragedy, and Michelle captivated the audience with her compelling words, spell-binding spirit, and light-hearted sense of humor during an unforgettable evening that proved inspirational beyond words. 

Michelle's book, Finding Me, was available for purchase during the evening and Michelle graciously signed books and posed for photos with a long line of awe-inspired guests.  

The below video documenting domestic violence and abuse in Lake County was also premiered during the evening and features many community notables, survivors, counselors, and therapists with expertise and an in-depth knowledge on the issues of domestic violence and abuse in Lake County. 

We would like to thank Prelude Photography (Mentor, OH) for contributing their time and talent in the production of this video.