Although the holiday season is in full swing, tragedy struck recently and shook the nation. I really cannot find the words to describe how I feel about what happened and my heart aches for all of the children and families involved in the shooting. As I hold my loved ones extra close, I am once again reminded of how important it is to cherish what I have and not to take anything for granted. I’ll be the first to admit that I love what the holiday’s offer- warm, delicious foods, happy music, lots of presents and decorations. As time passes though, I realize how important it is to spend time with the important people in my life, uphold and create traditions to carry on through the years and truly feel thankful for what I’ve been given. In reflecting on the horrific events that took place in Connecticut, I also remember how important it is to show love and respect for those around me. We can do this in our own lives by teaching our children from a young age to care for themselves and others, and by practicing patience. We can also go the extra mile to keep our families and communities connected, while fostering an atmosphere of “togetherness” for all.
As we celebrate the season this year, I hope we can take a moment to honor those we lost last week and keep the families involved in our thoughts and prayers.
The Healing Center’s 4th annual Hope Shining Gala raised $41,000 and welcomed 305 attendees to celebrate the courageous spirits of survivors of sexual violence. Guests dined on delicious foods, while bidding on silent auction items, participating in a wine/tea/coffee pull and listening to music by Frank Tarantino. The event also included a photo exhibit by Shutter the Silence, a project that ends victim blaming by allowing survivors and allies to dispel myths about what they have been told and heard about sexual abuse. The highlight of the night came when two very strong survivors shared their stories about overcoming past abuse and learning to heal. The Healing Center presented Hope Shining awards to Linda Davis and Sally Turner, who have both made a huge impact on survivors and work to bring resources to Milwaukee that keep the community safe.
The Healing Center is grateful for all of the sponsors who made this event possible! Their contributions help fund counseling and advocacy for those in need and allow additional survivors to access services.
Thank you for your heartfelt generosity!
Silver Sponsors – $2,500
The Brico Fund
Bronze Sponsors – $1,000
Aurora Health Care
Maryann and Joe Clesceri
Adam and Carole Glass
Mira and Keith Ketzler
Table Sponsors – $550
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Bob and Linda Davis
Dr. Nancy Havas
Office of Violence Prevention –Milwaukee Health Department
Mindy and Matthew Price
Dr. Kristen Reynolds and Dr. Tiffany Mullen
Sally and Tim Turner