August 25, 2017
The theme of the Ninth Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon was “A New Chapter” and the 425 guests gave generously to help domestic violence victims turn the page and begin new lives free from abuse.
The group raised $105,420 (and counting) at the Aug. 24 event, which was chaired by Blair and Cindy Goodgame and held at The Beacon at Pell City First United Methodist Church. All of the funds will be used to support Our Place, the YWCA Central Alabama’s emergency shelter in Pell City, and to provide supportive services to victims in St. Clair and Blount counties. Since Our Place opened in 2009, more than 7,000 victims have received legal assistance, court advocacy, shelter and support.
“Leaving a domestic violence situation takes more courage than most people could ever muster,” said Vernetta Bowman, rural domestic violence services coordinator for the YWCA. “I am so proud of the women who find the strength to seek help and begin rewriting their stories.”
Guests watched a video featuring a woman named Brittany who shared how she left everything behind in order to make a new life for her family. “I was referred to Our Place and it changed everything immediately,” she said. “I am so grateful, so humbled. They helped me through a very hard time in my life.”
Those in attendance also celebrated the life of Jenny Gauld, a former YWCA Board president who helped start the Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon to help women and children who are no longer safe at home. With the addition of Thursday’s total, more than half a million dollars has been raised over the past nine years to ensure domestic violence services are available in St. Clair County.
The YWCA is grateful to the luncheon’s Steering Committee members and Table Captains, as well as the generous sponsors, including title sponsor Alabama Power and presenting sponsors Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC;and Red Diamond. Supporter level sponsors were: Benjamin Moore & Co.; Chapel in the Pines; City of Pell City; The Daily Home and St. Clair Times; Pell City First United Methodist Church; Goodgame Company; Lakeside Landing; Landmark Credit Union; Logan Martin LakeFest, LLC; Metro Bank; andPublix Super Markets Charities.
Sponsors at the contributor level were: First Baptist Church South; Hill, Hill & Gossett, P.C.; Kilgroe Funeral Home, Inc.; Magnolia’s; Mays Bend Ladies Club; Precision Pipe & Products, Inc.; Rotary Club of Pell City; St. Vincent’s Health System; and USAmeriBank. Other generous sponsors were: BD Welch Construction, LLC; Butts To Go; City of Moody; Coosa Valley Equine Center; Douglas Manufacturing Co., Inc.; The Elmer B. and Glenda S. Harris Legacy Endowment Fund;Kell Realty; Lake Front Motel; Paul and Marie Manning; Nancysellsthelake.com; Rhodes Agency – Allstate; Smith Construction; St. Clair County Democrats; Town of Steele;Union State Bank; and Usrey Funeral Home.
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