AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Governor LePage is lending his support to a basketball tournament that raises money for a cause close to his heart.
The Taylor Tip-Off supports families who have lost loved ones to domestic violence. It started in 2009 to help Kaylee and Kiana Taylor, who were just 14 and 12 when they came home from school to discover their father, Kenny Taylor, had killed their mother, Belinda. The Taylors have since asked that money raised goes to other families.
On Thursday, the governor proclaimed November 10, the day of the tournament, as Taylor Tip-Off Tournament Awareness Day. Governor LePage says he's hoping to find money to match the fundraising total of the tournament because he knows how domestic violence affects kids.
The governor said, "It takes the families, the friends and the communities to try to salvage as much as can be salvaged in a lifetime. And believe me, it leaves scars. No matter how strong these kids come back, no matter how great adults and successful they are, it leaves a horrendous scar in life."
The Taylor Tip-Off takes place at the Falmouth High School and Middle School as well as at Thomas College. Click here to learn more about it.