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Our mission is to eliminate dating violence through enhanced public awareness initiatives to eradicate its stigma; advocating for broadening preventive measures; and promoting the empowerment of teens and young adults to report the crime and to seek counseling and treatment.
For those who were close to Alex, also know that her pinkie fingers were special. There are many happy stories centered around her “little pinkies”.
These are the kind of memories that we need to keep close to our hearts as we celebrate Alex’s life and her touch upon our souls. It's her spirit that inspires and gives strength to the Purple Pinkie Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Why the Pinkie Finger?
The Pinkie Finger symbolizes Strength & Promise
Strength: We have more strength in our little fingers than the worst thing that can come at us. We are strong, we know that, but sometimes we need to be reminded just how strong we can be. Inner strength is a true measure of a person.
Promise: The Pinkie Promise solidifies a promise between people; to watch out for and protect one another. It is also a promise to ourselves, to do what is right and good.
We, as a community, need to promise to be alert to the signs of abuse, and have the strength to speak out and stand up on behalf of ourselves, our friends, and loved ones.
New Hartford Family Launches “Purple Pinkie” Campaign
In Loving Memory Of Alexandra Kogut
In Support Of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
New Hartford, NY -- October 2012
The Whitney family of New Hartford, New York has launched the “Purple Pinkie” Campaign to commemorate the life of Alex Kogut, and create awareness about domestic violence.
The Whitneys are asking everyone in the Greater Utica and Rochester communities to band together, show their love for Alex, and take stand against domestic violence by painting their pinkie fingernails purple throughout the month of October.
Says Sandra Whitney, “Women, men, girls, and boys are asked to come together and show their support for Alex. Those close to her knew that purple was a favorite color. Purple is also the symbolic color for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”
Whitney adds, “We chose the pinkie finger for strength and promise. Strength: We have more strength in our little fingers than the worst thing that can come at us. We are strong, we know that, but sometimes we need to be reminded just how strong we can be. Inner strength is a true measure of a person.
Promise: The Pinkie Promise solidifies a pact between people- to watch out for and protect one another. It is also a promise to ourselves, do what is right and good.
This is what we all need to do to bring an end to domestic violence. We, as a community, need to promise to be alert to the signs of abuse, and have the strength to speak out and stand up on behalf of ourselves, our friends and loved ones.”
The Whitneys encourage the community to post their “Purple Pinkie” photos on the Facebook page that has been established in Alex Kogut’s memory, Remembering Alex Kogut.