The goal is to raise awareness and to bring about change when it comes to stopping violence in our area.

Community members will stand up to save lives and make the community safer this weekend as part of the National Father's Day Pledge Against Violence.

The event is about making a promise to yourself, friends, neighbors, and even some people you have not met yet. Each year a crowd made up of men, women, and children gather on the steps of Rochester City Hall.

The goal is to raise awareness and to bring about change when it comes to stopping violence in our area.

Vice President of Rochester City Council Adam McFadden led the event in 2017. He says in some cases, that change to make a difference comes from within.

“I had to look inward first,” McFadden says. “Even in the way that I talked to people when I was upset because I might not have put my hands on them, but probably said something crazy and I said is that the type of world I want to live in?”

All are welcome to attend the 5th Annual National Father’s Day Pledge Against Violence gathering Saturday at noon at City Hall.