AWARE Foundation recognized by the Gabby Petito Foundation for efforts helping recover missing persons

Roanoke Valley News

(Nomadic Statik YouTube/Gabrielle Petito via NewsNation)

NEW YORK (WFXR) – The Gabby Petito Foundation, started by the family of Gabby, is on a mission to support organizations that help families locate missing persons and provide support to help survivors of domestic violence.

The foundation has received generous contributions from people and organizations around the world. Now, the foundation is giving back in the form of what they are referring to as three “significant donations” to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, SafeSpace and the locally-operated AWARE Foundation.

“These three organizations are doing incredible work on the front lines of missing persons and responding to those impacted by abuse. Our foundation is honored to present them with this support.”

Joe Petito, Gabby Petito’s father and the co-founder of the Gabby Petito Foundation

Locally, The AWARE Foundation, which was started in 2016, helps families of missing persons by raising awareness by distributing flyers, securing billboards and working with media to locate people who have gone missing.

The organization supports families with their most critical needs when a loved one is missing.

Gabby’s parents first turned to The AWARE Foundation to help spread the word about Gabby’s disappearance.

“Gabby’s family decided to make a difference. They could have grieved in silence, and everyone would have understood, but instead they chose to help other families and survivors through the Gabby Petito Foundation.”

Kenny Jarels, president of The AWARE Foundation, Inc.

The AWARE Foundation worked closely with the Petito family during the search for Gabby and was named an “Everyday Hero” by the Investigation Discovery Network in 2020.

For more information about The AWARE Foundation, which is based in Roanoke, click here.

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