Page 14 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, OCTObER 13, 2023 5th D Annual Walk for Ersilia Honors Memory of Domestic Violence Victim By Tara Vocino omestic violence victim and Kiwanis Club member Ersilia Matarazzo was remembered during Saturday’s 5th Annual Walk for Ersilia around Glendale Park. Rocco Luongo won the 50-50 raffle, which was worth approximately $10,000, with money raised going towards volunteering and combating domestic violence. Ersilia was tragically killed in 2018. Orange Rose Foundation members, shown from left to right: Joseph Buscaino, Marlene Zizza, Gina Maniscalco, Anthony Cucuzza, Ersilia Bella Cucuzza, Amata Cucuzza, Giuseppe Cataldo, Elvira Cataldo, Anthony Cataldo, Adriana Carbo, Erminia Buscaino, Josephine Cerasuolo, Marc Cerasuolo and Tricia LaRocca. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Victim Advocate Wendy Murphy, Esq. took her chance at a “comping and lodge cozy” raffle basket during the Walk for Ersilia event at the Recreation Center on Saturday. State Senator Sal DiDomenico said Ersilia was one of the first people he met when he came to Everett, adding that we need more Ersilias. Key Club members, shown from right to left: Kayleigh McMahon, Carlos Coelho, Murielle Campo, Milena Antonio, Tanessa Duvilaire, Sonia Flores, Lais Antonio, Evelyn Flores-Reyes, Anthony Masucci, Victoria Rodrigues, Isabella Barbosa, Natalia Ruiz, Kierstyn Carapellucci, Emma Perry, Brooklynn LaMonica and Justine Lynch with Ersilia’s daughter, Amata Cucuzza. Shown from left to right: State Representative Joseph McGonagle, Gianni DeAngelo-Dunn, Marlene Zizza, Ward 2 Councillor Stephanie Martins, Geri Miranda, Joanne Paris, Attorney Wendy Murphy, Giuseppe Cataldo, Elvira Cataldo, Erminia Buscaino, Gina Maniscalco, Adriana Carbo, Josephine Cerasuolo and State Senator Sal DiDomenico. State Representative Joseph McGonagle said he will fight for domestic violence awareness in the legislature. Everett High Key Club members, shown from left to right: Kierstyn Carapellucci, Brooklyn LaMonica, Emma Perry and Justine Lynch – inside the Photo Booth – said they came to combat domestic violence. Attorney Wendy Murphy, Esq. recalled those lives that were impacted for the better thanks to Ersilia. Team Portal To Hope, shown from left to right: Top row: Nita Yung, Holly Garcia, Joseph Faulstich, Liane Mann and Kristie Bernard; bottom row: Michelle Kerrins, Marni Gallagher and Balán Braxton. Marlene Zizza read a statement on behalf of Mayor Carlo DeMaria, who wasn’t feeling well. The Cataldo/Matarazzo family took a fun photo. Saint Anthony’s Parish Rev. Kiet Cao prayed for Ersilia. Ward 4 City Councillor candidate and Portal To Hope member Holly Garcia (second from left) walked with her Portal To Hope teammates.

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