Kudos to the GFWC Spring Station Woman's Club for not only throwing a great event Friday night, but for also raising awareness and funds for The Center of Hope. Held October 28th at the UAW 1853 Union Hall in Spring Hill, the woman's organization put together an evening that was enjoyed by several hundred people of all ages and in all types of attire - from purple dresses, masks and boas to Chicago Cubs outfits and even a reflective kilt worn by a couple visiting from England.
The Club's president, Ms. Elaine Woody, began the evening with a recognition of the VIPs and the Advocates. Dinner was served directly afterward and was catered by Eric Cross. The Concordia Arts Academy and Jeff Cross provided the dinner music.
Afterward, three speakers took to the podium to discuss the issue of domestic violence in Maury County. The speakers included Adonis Patton from the Center of Hope, Judge Robbie Beal, and survivor/advocate Candice Van Bibber.
Adonis Patton (above left) is the support coordinator of the Center of Hope and discussed the gravitas of domestic abuse in Maury County. While Maury County has moved from 3rd in the state to 5th, she said we have much more work to do to combat this huge issue in our county.
Judge Beal (pictured above right) emphasized the critical role that the Center of Hope plays in the lives of victims of domestic abuse. He specifically noted that it is the only organization that follows the victims' cases after the court cases are over to ensure that the woman is safe and that the pattern of abuse has ended. He also thanked everyone attending for their support and participation.
Candice Van Bibber (above right) who is a domestic abuse survivor and advocate told her story of being married to an alcoholic and abusive physician. This lovely woman's story is so important because it helps counter the stereotype that abuse only occurs in lower-income families. She emphasized the point that it can and does happen in all socioeconomic levels.
Although the speakers presented very sobering accounts of domestic violence in Maury County from several different perspectives, the evening also afforded a lot of fun for the guests, concluding with the both the silent auction and live auction, conducted by auctioneer David Williford.
To learn how you can help support The Center of Hope, click HERE. To learn more about the GFWC Spring Station Woman's Club, click HERE.