LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- A Louisville tech firm that developed the VINE system is holding its second annual daylong fundraiser on Friday to aid the Mary Byron Project, which is named after the person whose death spurred creation of the system.
In 1993, 20-year-old Mary Byron of Louisville was raped and assaulted by her former partner who was arrested for the crimes. Two weeks later, unbeknownst to Mary, her assaulter posted bail, stalked, and murdered her on her 21st birthday, as she sat warming up her car after work. Mary was never informed of his release.
These tragic events led to the development by Appriss Inc., of VINE, which stands for “Victim Information and Notification Everyday,” the firm’s flagship product and the nation’s leading victim notification system. Today VINE delivers more than 40 million offender notifications to victims and concerned citizens each year, allowing them to proactively plan for their safety, an opportunity Mary did not have.
In 2000, Appriss helped launch the Mary Byron Project with the goal of identifying solutions to end the generational cycle of intimate partner violence. To date, MBP has donated over one million dollars to organizations that demonstrate innovative, proven solutions to curb domestic violence. The Mary Byron Games are a way to engage the community and raise capital needed to support the mission of the organization. Last year, the inaugural event raised over $80,000 for MBP.
Appriss co-founder and current CEO Mike Davis has been instrumental in supporting the MBP since its inception, as well as now spearheading the Games. “Appriss exists today because of Mary Byron, and supporting her legacy is something that is very important to us,” Davis said. “The mission that the Mary Byron Project has is a critical one, and Appriss is proud to help further the work they are doing. We are pleased to play a small part in that.”
The 2019 Mary Byron Games, which includes a day of lawn games, group bike ride, 5K run/walk, live music, food trucks, prizes, and more, begins at 9 a.m. on June 21 at the Brown-Forman Ampitheater, near downtown Louisville. Cost of admission is a minimum donation of $25 but is free for participants registered for the 5K run/walk or bike ride. An awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.