Cheers for the Champions
How you can join local businesses to help make home safe for everyone
THE LOCKDOWNS and quarantines of 2020 meant more time spent at home. Because home is not safe for some, local communities saw an escalation in domestic violence. Organizations like Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, a Decatur-based non-profit that supports women and families in these conditions, have been increasing their response accordingly. And those efforts depend on the financial support from the community.
“We rely on donations to keep our programming free of charge for the women and other survivors who need us,” said Jean Douglas, WRC’s Executive Director. “Our services are in higher demand now than ever. Without traditional face-to-face fundraisers, we are looking for new friends to help us reach our goals.”
One local business stepping up to help is Squash Blossom Boutique. Owner Lisa Bobb will be chairing the upcoming auction event and fundraiser, Cheers to Champions on April 17. The event will honor April Ross and Kevin A. Ross for their work.
Bobb learned about WRC in 2019 when she was a contestant in Dekalb County’s Dancing with the Stars, an event benefitting local charities. Bobb was inspired by WRC’s mission and “surprised they were just down the street off the square.” She rallied her own customers for contributions, which resulted in 350 people participating. When the show ended, Bobb approached Douglas to collaborate on ways to continue her support.
“I’m looking for creative ways to serve and use my connections and community for good,” said Bobb. “Now it’s more important than ever to keep an eye out for those who are staying home. It’s not always a safe place.”
The WRC team is researching other virtual events and brainstorming ways to make this year’s auction engaging and bring the experience directly into the homes of participants. There will be VIP swag boxes with cookies and cocktail kits. Bobb said, “Who knows? I might even do a reprisal of my Dancing with the Stars moves.”
Getting businesses involved expands the network and audience reach in addition to showing domestic violence survivors that their communities have their backs. Bobb is excited about the auction items, especially the Backyard Oasis Package “so your backyard feels like a destination you want to spend time in, and you can enjoy every day.”
Date: April 17
Time: 7 p.m.
General Admission: Free
VIP Package: $500
Live Auction includes:
Backyard Oasis Package:
Firepit, Adirondack chairs,
Landscaping and more
Grill Master Package:
Big Green Egg, Steaks,
Lawn Service and more
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