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Charleston, W.Va.

YWCA of Charleston’s Girls Night Out

Attendees at the YWCA of Charleston’s “Girl’s Night Out”- an event help women in their community regain power, passion and purpose by raising funds and awareness to eliminate domestic violence.
The YWCA Charleston’s “Girls Night Out” event is a fun night with a serious mission. The event raises money for the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program and Hope House, with the mission of eliminating domestic violence through leadership, education, empowerment and community collaboration. YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program offers case management, court advocacy, counseling, support groups, safety planning, monitored parent-child visitation/exchange, parenting sessions, teen dating safety education, a 24/7 emergency shelter, and a crisis hotline.

Last year alone, YWCA Resolve served more than 3,500 individuals, provided 3,524 shelter nights and 6,438 meals to 142 victims and their children; provided court and legal advocacy for 884 victims; presented 80 educational presentations to more than 3,882 students, teachers, community organizations and service providers, and provided free counseling, support groups, parenting classes, financial literacy classes, and  tutoring.

However, none of this would have been possible without the help of the “Girls Night Out” annual event. More than $850,000 has been raised since the event began in 1998 and event organizers estimate that proceeds reached $1 million after this year’s event. From volunteers to sponsors and attendees, well over 1,000 individuals participated in the “Girls Night Out” event this year. Guests enjoyed delicious cuisine from local restaurants, signature cocktails, raffles, gift bags and live and silent auctions. Sarabeth McDowell, YWCA Charleston Director of Marketing and Development explains how this event is able to happen every year: “We have developed close, collaborative relationships with businesses, donors, community leaders and the media, which has enabled the “Girls Night Out” to highlight the devastating effects of domestic violence in our community given the broad impact it has on not only the family, but employee productivity, child/student education, substance abuse and mental health.”

The YWCA of Charleston has been serving women since 1912. Originally designed as secure lodging for young women as they pursued careers, the YWCA has evolved into the city’s most diverse and comprehensive network of social service programs. For more information about their programs, visit http://www.ywcacharleston.org.