While most men are not violent in their relationships, SOS believes a single aggressor is one too many. With this in mind, “SOS Strong” was established to build lasting relationships and improve community awareness. “SOS Strong” is a team of 20 men dedicated to helping SOS stop domestic violence and child abuse by raising $1,000 each to support each of our four SOS programs.
This all-male fundraiser was founded to highlight positive role models and to remind our youth men are far more than stereotypical abusers, controllers and runaway fathers. Because most learned behaviors are acquired during our most formative years, children need reassurance and guidance from compassionate, caring men. The community as a whole needs to see that abuse is not just a woman’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.
Each “SOS Strong” member took a pledge to lead by example, to never blame victims, to be a positive up-stander rather than a willing bystander, to not engage in any acts of violence, to stand-up for someone in need, and to always use his voice to speak-up for what is right. When men are strong in character and lead by conviction, so are our families, schools and streets.
2017 Strong Men
“SOS Strong” members
Members for Lyon County include 10 of the 20 total men involved. Russ Bonitatibus, Tyler Bosilijevac, Jonatan Correa, LeLan Dains, Philip Davis, Luke Schnakenberg, Al Slappy, Joel Smith, Brad Stewart and Larry Williams will all strive to reach their $1,000 goal between now and August 24th. Representing surrounding counties will be; Chase Pretzer and Jim Lauer for Chase County, Scott Hannon and Jeremy Lind for Coffey County, Randy Cox and Lance Tally in Greenwood County, Brad Good and Jay Doornbos for Morris County, and Jeff King and Darrel Finch for Osage County.
We thank these men for their commitment to helping eradicate domestic violence, child abuse, and encourage everyone to support their ongoing efforts.
For more information or to make a donation toward an “SOS Strong” member’s goal go to www.soskansas.com or contact one of these men.
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If you are donating to support a specific SOS Strong Man, be sure to indicate which his name in the “In Honor of” line by choosing yes as demonstrated in the picture below. If you are supporting the program as a whole, indicate SOS Strong in the “In Honor of” field. Thank you for your support!