Intimate Partner Violence has remained behind closed doors for too long. Isolation, privacy and stigma are what give it tremendous power. For this reason, Women’s Center & Shelter has launched The Challenge, an annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Campaign, that utilizes social media to bring viewers face to face with intimate partner violence survivors, witnesses and perpetrators.
Women's Center & Shelter is challenging community members to help themselves, help a friend or help the cause. Throughout October, a multi-channel awareness campaign, including radio, television, print, email and social media, will encourage community members to Text to Give and visit www.wcscanhelp.org/challenge to learn how to help.
During the 2012 Challenge Campaign, you raised $30,650 dollars: $230 in Text2Give donations + $420 in Friends Asking Friends + $30,000 in sponsorships! This doesn't include the $38,840 you gave on the Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving.
This year we also introduced a new online fundraising component called Friends Asking Friends. We are excited to continue to use this platform. Friends Asking Friends, now named: In Your Name, will be available for any occasion, so please do not hesitate to create a fundraising page for special events of your own and allow friends and loved ones to donate in your name!
May 19, 2012 - Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
The 10th annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community was held Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh. Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh's walkers and their canine companions raised over $5,000 to end intimate partner violence in the lives of women and their children! The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is a 5k fundraising walk that benefits 69 local nonprofit health and human service agencies in the Pittsburgh area, including Women's Center & Shelter. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers goes directly to support our mission to end intimate partner violence in the lives of women and their children. Many thanks to Women's Center & Shelter's walkers who helped us reach our fundraising goal!
April 25, 2012 - UPMC Health Plan Spring Clothes Out
The 2012 UPMC Health Plan Spring Clothes Out event was held April 25 at Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre. Guests will enjoy networking, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a new virtual clothing store. The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award. The Ted Craig Humanitarian Award by is given to someone who has demonstrated a commitment to community service and outstanding excellence and achievement in their profession or community in line with our mission of ending intimate partner violence.
This year, William Gay was awarded with the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award and acted as the survivor speaker. To learn more and view pictures, visit the event page.