August 21, 2015
The theme of the YWCA Central Alabama’s Seventh Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon was Power of One, Impact of Many. Each of the 450 guests who gave so generously in support of domestic violence victims helped make a tremendous impact on the lives of women and children who are no longer safe at home.
The event, co-chaired by Blair and Cindy Goodgame and held at The Beacon at Pell City First United Methodist Church, raised $82,928 to support Our Place, the YWCA’s emergency shelter in St. Clair County, and to provide supportive services to victims in St. Clair and Blount counties who are trying to rebuild their lives.
“This community sent a powerful message to women who are fleeing abuse,” YWCA CEO Yolanda
Sullivan said. “By giving so graciously, they let these victims know that they won’t have to face
their lowest moments alone. We are so grateful for the tremendous compassion they have shown.”
A video shown at the luncheon featured dedicated members of the Steering Committee, who spoke from
their hearts and shared why they care. Brenda Wyatt told of the 661 domestic violence victims who were
abused or raped in a single recent year in St. Clair and Blount counties.
“Think about it,” she said. “Hundreds of women and children were assaulted in their own homes. Not by
strangers, but by someone who had said, ‘I love you.’ These aren’t just statistics. The are people we
know and love. It could be your sister or your granddaughter, a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker.”
In 2014, Our Place provided emergency shelter to 79 women and children, and shelter staff helped them make safety plans, obtain jobs or job training and work toward self-sufficiency. In addition,1,252 domestic violence victims in St. Clair and Blount counties received assistance last year through the Court Advocacy program, which helps victims navigate the complicated legal system. The YWCA also provided support groups for women and children affected by domestic violence and helped victims accesssocial services and safe housing.
“I care because I want to help someone who is hurting find the hope and strength to start over,” said Courtney Cook, the YWCA’s community outreach coordinator in St. Clair County. “It is our responsibility to lift up all women in need so they can be independent, productive, resourceful and safe.”
The YWCA would like to extend a special thank you to the Steering Committee members and Table Captains, as well as to title sponsor Alabama Power and presenting sponsors Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC and Red Diamond.
Other generous sponsors include: Benjamin Moore Paints;City of Pell City; Pell City First United Methodist Church;Publix Super Markets Charities;Metro Bank,WKW Erbsloeh North America;Chapel in the Pines;Logan Martin LakeFest, LLC; Mays Bend Ladies Club; Trinity Industries;St. Clair Times;The Daily Home;Hill, Hill & Gossett, P.C.;PNC;Landmark Credit Union;St. Vincent’s Health System;US AmeriBank; First Baptist Church South; Kilgroe Funeral Home; Barnett Jones Wilson, LLC; Butts to Go; Kell Realty; Magnolias Gift Shop; Mary’s Mini Warehouse; Town of Steele; Usrey Funeral Home; Women on Mission, Cropwell Baptist Church; Rhodes Agency – Allstate; The Elmer B. and Glenda S. Harris Legacy Endowment Fund; and Paul and Marie Manning.