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Local Outback Steakhouse To Hold Fundraiser for The Tina Project

UPublish story by Heather Krestik

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO (February 5, 2013) -- The Outback Steakhouse on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls will hold a fundraiser to benefit The Tina Project on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds from each meal to The Tina Project.

“We hope that the Outback regulars and everyone concerned with preventing teen dating violence will mark their calendars for February 19th,” said Heather Krestik, The Tina Project Specialist at The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties. “We’re working together to educate students in grades 7-12 about the facts of dating violence.”

The Tina Project is named for Tina Croucher, an 18-year-old in Middletown Ohio who was stalked and killed by her former boyfriend in 1992. Tina’s parents worked to create a House Bill in Ohio to help educate teens about dating violence. In 2010 Ohio House Bill 19 went into effect, requiring all high school students in the state to be educated about teen dating violence.

Although education about dating violence is now a requirement, there is currently no funding in the state to support it. In an effort to bring The Tina Project to all 88 counties in Ohio and provide schools with resources and support as they address violence among teenagers, Jessica Lesko, proprietor of the Cuyahoga Falls Outback Steakhouse, has committed to donate a percentage of the sales from February 19, 2013 to the Battered Women’s Shelter for The Tina Project.

A study of 8th and 9th graders found that 25% have been victims of nonsexual dating violence, and 8% have been victims of sexual dating violence. Over 30% of teenagers do not share with anyone the abuse that has occurred by their partner - less than 3% report the violence to police or another authority figure and only 3% tell a family member about the abuse.

The Outback Steakhouse is located at 738 Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls. Companies interested in making matching donations, should contact The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties. For more information, please visit or call 330.374.0740 x 105.

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