I am glad to announce that I have officially started the planning process for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Event. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we are raising awareness to relationship abuse by hosting a fundraiser for The National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Although I have no affiliation with The National Domestic Violence Hotline I have used their services in the past and participated with Glamour Magazine in their awareness campaign. The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 confidential support to victims of intimate partner violence and advice for loved ones, social workers, and authorities that need guidance.
In February of this year I put together a "Valentines Anytime" Mixer for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Activities included an educational presentation about dating violence, gift bags, raffles, "love is..." activity, photographers and my survivor testimony. About 75 guests including my friends, family, colleagues, and associates attended the event and helped raise nearly $2,000 for Break the Cycle.
This October I am hoping to do the same type of event for The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Last Sunday night I put together a list of 200 restaurants, spas, local clothing companies, nail salons, barber shops, yoga studios, and hair salons. Monday morning I sent out venue donation request letters to 22 businesses and just yesterday I mailed off the remaining letters for raffle donation request.
While I expect some to respond with a “no” or “sorry we cannot accommodate you,” I am super excited to see who says “yes”.