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Sara Softball takes a swing at raising violence awareness

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – As a way to raise violence awareness in La Crosse, the UW-L Chi Phi fraternity hosted Sara Softball Saturday.

It's a charity even memorializing Sara Hougom.

Hougom, 20, was a Western Technical College student shot to death in her La Crosse apartment last year.

Hougom's boyfriend, Scott Hogan, is in Chi Phi. He and his fraternity brothers hosted Saturday's event with the hope it serves a catalyst for change in the community, and encourages people to look out for one another.

"It's important to do this and raise violence awareness because of safety, and feeling safe in a community, is important to me and a lot of people," Hogan said.

Hougom's family participated in the tournament, including her mom, Sherry.

"If I could just reach out, or if our community could just reach out, to one person – the effects of violence to just one person is rippling because it affects hundreds," Sherry Hougom said. "It affects her cousins, her friends, her nieces and her nephews – so many people – her brother, Tim, her grandparents. So, we're here today to get the message out. Violence has to stop."

Around 100 people participated at Sara Softball.

Donations will go to the La Crosse Interfaith Justice and Peace Network and the UW-L Violence Prevention Office.

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