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SALEM, MA – April 16, 2009 – Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), formerly known as Help for Abused Women and their Children, is pleased to announce that FOX 25 News Reporter Keba Arnold will serves as this year’s host and emcee for the 17th annual Walk for HAWC in Salem.

The WALK for HAWC will be held on Sunday, April 26th. HAWC is hoping to raise $200,000 to continue its support of free services for victims of domestic violence. The WALK will begin and end at Old Town Hall (32 Derby Square) in Salem. Registration starts at 11am and the WALK will kick off at noon.

Keba will greet walkers and teams and introduce various honored guests including this year’s Honorary Chair for the Walk, Chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank Richard Holbrook, State Representative John Keenan, and Candace Waldron, Executive Director for HAWC.

Keba Arnold joined FOX25 News as a general assignment reporter in March 2007. She came to WFXT from the west coast where she was a reporter at KTXL FOX40 in Sacramento, California. Keba began her career at KXXV News Channel 25, the ABC affiliate in Waco, Texas.

While in Texas, Keba covered breaking news and a variety of stories throughout six cities. Her reporting there set the groundwork for her career and her passion for giving a voice to people with powerful stories to share. She was one of the first reporters to tell the heart-wrenching stories of Hurricane Katrina evacuees who arrived in Texas. Keba’s reporting has been recognized with a ‘Media Honor Roll’ award from the Texas Association of School Boards.

Keba continues her passion for giving a voice to people via her involvement with the WALK for HAWC. HAWC is still seeking sponsors, walkers and team captains.

To register to walk, obtain WALK papers, or inquire about sponsorships, please email Alicia Black Weaver at: You can also register online and find Team Captain and Walker registration forms at:

About HAWC: The mission of HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to victims of domestic abuse residing in the 23 cities and towns on the North Shore in order that they may make informed, independent decisions about their futures and access alternatives to living in a violent situation.

HAWC Services: HAWC provides free, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, and their children, in 23 cities and towns across the North Shore. Services include: a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, advocacy in courts, police departments and healthcare settings; trauma recovery counseling for adults and children; support groups; economic stability services; relocation and rental assistance; prevention education in schools and communities.

HAWC staff and volunteers respond to thousands of individuals each year who reach out for help. HAWC‘s hotline is available 24 hours a day at: (800) 47-1649. For more information, please call: (978) 744-8552, or visit: