2018 Purple Run sees increase in participation

The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS), in partnership with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, hosted the fourth annual Purple Run, a 5k run/walk, Saturday, Oct. 27 on the university’s North Campus.

The event drew a record 306 runners to raise awareness of domestic violence and fundraise for SafeHouse Center, a local non-profit that provides survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault access to resources. Over $13,000 was raised for SafeHouse Center.

“We couldn’t be more grateful for the support the community has shown for this event,” said Barbara Niess-May, Executive Director of SafeHouse Center. “The fact that this fundraiser continues to grow each year shows the community’s dedication to supporting survivors and raising awareness of domestic violence.”

Officer Benjamin Poniatowski and SafeHouse Center Executive Director, Barbara Niess-May

In addition to the funds raised by the Purple Run participants, 13 sponsors and eight in-kind supporters contributed to the success of the event.

DPSS would like to thank all of the sponsors, volunteers and participants who came out to raise awareness about domestic violence and support this cause.

“We are proud to be a part of this effort,” said U-M Police Chief Robert Neumann. “SafeHouse Center plays a crucial role in providing assistance and hope to survivors right here in Washtenaw County.”

The Purple Run will be held again in October 2019. We hope you will join us next year in running domestic violence out of town!