Our sincere thanks to the nearly 1,700 guests who attended the 5th Annual Women for Courage Luncheon held on April 11, 2019 at the Charlotte Convention Center in the Crown Ballroom.
We were honored to have Erica Bryant, WSOC News Anchor as our emcee, The Honorable Vi Lyles, Mayor of Charlotte give greetings to our guests, and Cantor Shira Lissek of Temple Israel of Charlotte give the Invocation. We are also grateful to Andrea Smith from Bank of America and Jesse Cureton from Novant Health who served as our first-ever Honorary Co-Chairs. We were also honored to have Esta Soler, Founder and President of Futures Without Violence as our Keynote speaker.
We pledge to continue to help youth and young adults to understand how to build healthy relationships and recognize warning signs of abuse in their own emerging relationships, and those of their friends and family. As we continue to build awareness and outreach in the Charlotte community and beyond we will be focusing on expanding our Domestic Violence Clubs to universities, high schools and within faith communities, to build awareness about healthy versus unhealthy relationships, respect, boundaries and more. We are grateful to our existing DV Clubs currently at Country Day High, Myers Park High, Providence High, and West Charlotte High Schools and their dedication to our mission and in supporting their fellow classmates. If you are interested in starting a club contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, we awarded the first ever Courage To Soar Awards to Monica Tubb, Teacher and Club Advisor at Myers Park High School along with Aishwaiya Shaima and Taylor Riley from Charlotte Country Day School for their leadership and dedication to bring intimate partner violence awareness to their school through their Domestic Violence Clubs. Their efforts will make a difference.
Many don't realize that one in four women will be a victim of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Victims work, live and play in our community and may not realize they are in living in a dangerous situation if they choose to stay in a toxic relationship. It is our goal to raise funds, and friends, to support our prevention, education, awareness and research initiatives. If you were unable to attend the Luncheon but are able to support our mission, please donate here . Thank you.