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NANCY J. CHAVEZ NAMED FINALIST IN ‘REMARKABLE WOMEN OF CENTRAL PA’ CONTEST
Chavez’s Story of Adversity Turned Tragedy into Gratifying Mission
CAMP HILL, Pa. (March 31, 2023) – Earlier this week, the winner of the ‘Remarkable Women of Central Pennsylvania’ contest was revealed on abc27’s Good Morning PA program. Nancy J. Chavez, founder and executive director of Randi’s House of Angels (RHOA), was nominated for WHTM 27 News’s ‘Remarkable Women of Central Pa.’ contest. Selected from nearly a few hundred nominations, Chavez, a community pillar among central Pa. ‘s child advocacy and domestic violence awareness advocates, landed herself in the final four. Congratulations Julie Walker! Julie started the Peyton Walker Foundation in honor of her daughter who died from sudden cardiac arrest.
Said Chavez after being honored live on Good Morning PA,
“Being a finalist among such dedicated and hardworking women like Julie, Marcie, and Lori is truly an honor. We all have a purpose that drives us to make our communities a better, healthier place to grow and live.”
The Remarkable Women Contest is a nationwide initiative and part of Nexstar’s celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
Nexstar is spotlighting local women who inspire, lead, and forge the way for other women. The contest culminates with the naming of the “Nexstar Woman of the Year” in early April, with the announcement televised exclusively on NewsNation, Nexstar’s wholly-owned cable news and entertainment network reaching 75 million U.S. television homes.
More about Nancy: She created the first support group in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties for survivors of domestic violence homicide. She’s received several awards for her advocacy for helping women in crisis including: 2012 received an Honorary Doctorate from Central Penn College; the First Harrisburg Patriot News and Direct Energy Volunteer of the Year Award; Grand Marshall of Harrisburg Holiday Parade 2012; Ruby Award from Soroptimist International 2012; and the Dunkin Donuts Community Hero Award in 2011.
Nancy is a victim of domestic violence living in an abusive marriage and experiencing the violent murder of her daughter on January 10, 2003. She is an advocate for domestic violence and sensitivity toward victims.
Nancy is the Founder and Executive Director of Randi’s House of Angels (RHOA), focused on providing therapeutic programs to children that are victims of domestic violence. Services include trauma-informed programs for both individual and group therapies to help traumatized children; and a three-day camp to empower children who have experienced domestic violence.
Since 2011, RHOA has served more than 225 children across Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, York, Adams and Lebanon counties. Nancy established her credibility in the community by hosting over the past nineteen (19) years, Randi’s Race: a 5K Run/Walk for Hope and Courage and raised over $582,000 to support RHOA and other domestic violence agencies and crime victim agencies.