Save the Date - Women For Courage Luncheon, April 13, 2016 November 2015

Please save the date for next year's Women for Courage luncheon. It will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
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March Against Domestic Violence in Uptown Charlotte November 2015

The Charlotte ObserverBy Diedra Laird dlaird@charlotteobserver.comNovember 5, 2015
Charlotte assistant city manager Ron Kimble, far left, and other marchers take part in Thursday's march against domestic violence. Kimble has become an advocate for domestic violence awareness since losing his daughter Jamie in a case of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council held a march on the Square in Uptown Charlotte on November 5, 2015 in response to a recent domestic violence-related homicide in Charlotte. Sarah Acker, 53, was killed at her northwest Charlotte home last week. Her boyfriend has been charged in the death. Read more here: [..] read more

Charlotte official presses Congress to stop domestic violence October 2015

The Charlotte ObserverBY FRANCO ORDOƑEZfordonez@mcclatchydc.comOCTOBER 28, 2015 5:38 PMOne of the top executives in Charlotte, N.C., city government stood in front of new members of Congress on Wednesday to make a deeply personal plea to stop domestic violence.Charlotte Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble, whose 31-year-old daughter was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2012, told lawmakers that domestic violence knows no boundaries. It can strike anyone, he said, including a highly educated woman from a financially comfortable family."Her story is one that tells us that domestic violence can happen to anybody," Kimble told the members. "It doesn't choose its victims by race, by age, by socioeconomic status. It can choose anyone. Our daughter is proof."State and local law enforcement reported 108 domestic violence-related homicides in North Carolina in 2013, according to the N.C. Department of Justice. Mecklenburg County had seven deaths. Wake County had eight. October is domestic violence [..] read more

Kendra Scott Gives Back Party October 18, 2015 October 2015

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, we hope you can join us, Sunday, October 18th from 2-4 pm at Kendra Scott in South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Suite E10, Charlotte, NC. 20% of all sales will go to our Foundation. We will also have custom jewelry, pictured below, designed in memory of Jamie. If you can't attend, the store will accept phone orders during this time with proceeds going to the foundation. Shipping is free. 704-837-7689 [..] read more

Gallery: Style Under The Stars fashion show April 2015

The Charlotte ObserverMARK HAMES mhames@charlotteobserver.comStyle Under the Stars fashion show on 04.17.15 at Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., Charlotte.See the gallery here: [..] read more

Domestic violence leader advocates more corporate involvement April 2015

The Charlotte ObserverBY MARK PRICEmsprice@charlotteobserver.comAPRIL 13, 2015 1:44 PMThe Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage held its inaugural event "Women for Courage" luncheon Monday featuring Jane Randel, who has been instrumental in helping the NFL address its domestic violence education needs.Randel, the co-founder of the NO MORE Campaign, addressed over 700 attendees with a message that focused the need for a heightened awareness on the issue among bystanders and the corporate community.The event was organized by community activists Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble and his wife, Jan Kimble, whose daughter Jamie Kimble was killed by an ex-boyfriend on Labor Day, 2012.In an interview with the Observer prior to the luncheon, Randel declined to discuss anything specific related to the NFL's investigation of former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. However, she said it was "heartening" that the rash of domestic violence cases involving NFL players last year brought more [..] read more

From tragedy to help for others April 2015

The Charlotte ObserverTHE OBSERVER EDITORIAL BOARDAPRIL 13, 2015 5:42 PMJamie Kimble's parents were excited and relieved when she finally broke up with her boyfriend for good. The two would split but always get back together, with him promising to change, promising to stop the emotional abuse.This time was different, though. Jamie ended the relationship, and this time there would be no getting back together. "We were all excited about that," her mother, Jan, told Observer editors and reporters on Monday. "We just wish we would have realized that's when she was in the most danger."Three months after the breakup, Jamie flew to Tampa for her job with Coca-Cola Consolidated. Her boyfriend met her at the airport and offered her a ride to her hotel. She got in.After driving for a bit, he shot her twice, once in the heart, then killed himself.Jamie Kimble was 31.She would have turned 34 on Monday. To honor her birthday and raise awareness about domestic violence, more than 700 people [..] read more

Domestic Violence Prevention Night and Salute to Heroes This Weekend March 2015

Charlotte CheckersCreated: March 24, 2015 - 10:00 amThe Charlotte Checkers today announced plans for their first-ever Domestic Violence Prevention Night and their 10th annual Salute to Heroes game to take place this Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. and this Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m., respectively. The Checkers will take on the Lake Erie Monsters for both games.Friday's Domestic Violence Prevention Night, presented by News-Talk 1110 WBT, is the first such event ever hosted by an American Hockey League team. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage. Fans who wear purple to support the cause will receive 50 percent off all merchandise (exclusing jerseys) for sale at the game.During Sunday's Salute to Heroes event, the Checkers will honor those who serve, have served and have been injured or lost in the line of duty. Immediately following the Checkers' game, local public service workers will face off in a charity game pitting Charlotte Fire [..] read more