We begin the New Year for Mid-Cities SOS with new requests and new challenges from Mary Lee Hafley and her staff at SafeHaven. We the members of Mid-Cities SOS will have opportunities to do what this organization does best: volunteer our time and assist in caring ways that will give new hope to the clients of SafeHaven, as well as give us an opportunity to inform our communities about why we are so passionate about the work to help victims of domestic violence.
To summarize the plans:
“Moms’ Night Out at the Shelters” Prepare and serve home cooked meals for the clients at the shelters. To volunteer, contact Donna Burdette at 817-545-7012.
“Resource Fairs” Inform people in the community on how they can help victims of domestic violence. To volunteer, contact Fonda Martin at 817-485-3281.
“Court Accompaniment” Drive and accompany a client to court from a safe and designated location. To volunteer, contact Leah Shaver at 817-571-2065.
Our May Luncheon is designed to inform us about all three programs. Our speaker, Tim Abbott will inform and inspire us on how we can improve our fund raising for SafeHaven.
The 2010 Celebrity Chefs Event was such a great way to start our year under the leadership of Donna Burdette and Anna Saunders contributing a very impressive $68,500 of the $75,000 given to SafeHaven on March 5th. “Thanks” seems like such an inadequate word to expressive our gratitude to these highly capable ladies for leading such a GREAT Celebrity Chefs TEAM that resulted in this gift for our cause.
The March Appreciation Luncheon on March 5, 2010 had a record attendance and was held at the lovely, comfortable home of Cecilia Monacelli. Chef Noah Miller prepared lunch and even gave a cooking class! This wonderfully planned event by Janice Kane, Leah Shaver, and Lynda Sanders had some coveted door prizes and at the end of the day, resulted in 9 new members.
We are already in “the swing” of the Tennis Benefit under the leadership of Elaine Terry and Mia Poorman. They have some exciting Spa Packages available for raffle drawings and WOW! I have heard there are some great silent auction items. If you want to get involved by playing in the event or volunteering, mark your calendars for May 18, 19 and 20, 2010. The buzz is that it’ll be the best ever!
We continue to face challenges to succeed in this down economy and the rise of domestic violence becomes greater with the uncertainty of each day. Thank you to the new 2010 Board members providing leadership to make this year as good as 2009.