Tomorrow, I will put on my best cocktail attire and my dancing shoes to join HAVEN supporters to “Raise the Roof” at HAVEN’s inaugural Gala event. I look forward to the festivities, including a special performance by NUCLASSICA and my belly has already started to rumble just thinking about the delicious food. I also anticipate watching a little friendly auction competition as guests vie for the fabulous vacation package on the beach or that once-in-a-lifetime chance to throw out the first pitch at a Tigers game.
This signature event, co-chaired by Nina Campbell and Lara Fetsco Phillip, also serves as a reminder that domestic violence and sexual assault do not discriminate. People of any race, gender, religion, age or financial status have experienced these crimes. Since 1975, HAVEN has reached out to those in need of support to lend a helpful hand.
Now, as many of you may have read, in 2014 we look to expand those services under one brand new roof. With the community’s support, our Plant the Seeds of Hope campaign to grow a stronger HAVEN is about to become a reality. It’s only fitting that we honor HAVEN’s nearly 40 years of history by kicking off the next chapter and celebrating the construction of our new facility and new way of serving survivors.
The countdown has officially begun until the day we put the shovel in the dirt on June 18. Once the new facility is complete, gone will be the days that HAVEN and the prevalent issues of domestic and sexual violence will be masked from the public. We will be out in the open providing even greater awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence in the community. And, most importantly our new model – the Family Justice Center – will provide an easier process in helping survivors get the help and access to resources they need.
Through the years as the President and CEO of HAVEN, I have worked closely with staff as we’ve grown and changed. From rehabbing the Residential Program to adding services to serve the deaf community, every day I witness the fruits of their labor. So, I am pleased that as HAVEN moves forward to add another mark in history, we are able to celebrate it right!
I hope to see you there!
For tickets or information about the Gala event click here or contact Carrie Copeland at 248-322-3706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.