First Step, Inc. Annual Candle Light Vigil

The annual First Step, Inc. Candle Light Vigil is quickly approaching. The purpose of the event is to encourage anyone who has ever been a victim of domestic violence or has lost a loved one due to domestic violence, to light a candle "Giving Light for a Brighter Tomorrow."

First Step of Wichita Falls, Inc. hopes to shed light on the prevalence of domestic violence across the area through the vigil. This year's vigil will occur at the beginning of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The 11th annual event is scheduled for Thursday, October 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Wellington Banquet and Conference Center, located at 5300 Kell Boulevard.

The vigil will be an evening of music, poetry, and reflection to honor those who have died, along with survivors of domestic violence. Everyone is encouraged to attend the free event.

Staley Heatly will be the event's main speaker. Heatly has served as the District Attorney for the 46th Judicial District since 2006 and is a member of the board for First Step, Inc., the domestic violence shelter. He is also a member of the public policy committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence.

First Step, Inc. is promoting a new fundraising promotion online through The organization needs donations in order to keep offering their services, free of charge, to the 12 counties they serve across North Texas, including Wichita.

Angel Blackstar and Alan Weaver, two representatives with First Step, Inc., joined us live on Newschannel 6 Sunday Morning to talk more about rescuing families from "the war zone of domestic violence." To watch their interview, play the video posted above.

For additional information about a special essay-writing opportunity for students to compete to win $100 at the vigil, call Chantel Grant, the education and training coordinator for First Step, Inc., at (940) 723-7799, or email