Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara announced Thursday a new group known as "100 Men Who Give A Damn" which will meet periodically to raise an estimated $40,000 each year for the Mayor's Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention's Family Peace Center initiative.
The group will meet four times a year for fundraising efforts.
For example, a golf outing in planned for September with participant fees going to domestic violence survivors.
Earlier this year, about 200 service providers, law enforcement officials, and survivors of domestic violence took part in a two-day planning session for the Family Peace Center.
A $450,000 federal grant will fund the Family Peace Center in its infancy. Fundraising efforts will focus on community support. The physical facility will be in Rockford and organizers hope to have it running by next year.
- Susan Stephens contributed to this report