Representatives Kirk Caldwell, Tom Brower and Alex Sonson and Senator Will Espero participated in the march. Former senator Matt Matsunaga was there in honor of his late aunt. Four years ago, his Aunt Dorothy (former US Senator Spark Matsunaga's sister) was killed at age 84 by her 89-year old husband.
Mark Yamauchi, Director of Sales at Verizon Wireless, spoke on the company's project HopeLine, a recycling program where companies can collect unused handsets to be either properly disposed or refurbished. Proceeds go toward providing phones to victims of domestic violence. Yamauchi said that between 30,000-40,000 incidents of violence are reported every year at the workplace.
The Distinguished Citizen Award this year went to Cliff Cisco, Senior VP of HMSA.