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14th Annual Hope for Healing Fundraiser a Success

She walks into the shelter all smiles, her cheeks big with the jovial laughter of coming home. And it is a sort of homecoming, the type of familial exchange that exists from people who have shared space, stories, tears and laughter.

Shelter staff greet her with similar cheeky smiles and hugs. She fills them in on updates about her children. Things are good with her now as she excitedly discusses thriving in her current job and an upcoming trip to Disney.

“My plan is to take the kids to all 50 states before they’re 18,” she says through a proud smile.

She introduces herself to a new staff member and says, “I was here years ago. I promised someday I would give back.”

She’s dropped off seven baskets of various beauty products for Mother’s Day for the women who currently reside at the shelter: shampoos, make-up brushes, toiletries and razors. She is full of gratitude for the safety the shelter once provided to her and her children and she wants to give back.  

The Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter is not just a safe haven for survivors of abuse. The connections made here are often lifelong. Thanks to the support of so many in the community, the shelter has many success stories such as this one. It takes a village, as the saying goes, and recently, the AADVS saw the enormous support of the surrounding community when it held it’s 14th annual Hope for Healing fundraiser.

On April 27, 2019 the Alliance Senior Center was filled the to the brim as hundreds of items donated from the community were raffled or auctioned off in support of the AADVS. Roughly 165 tickets were sold for the event, and auction items included toys, household items, tools, tickets for various sports teams including the University of Mount Union and the Cavs and various recreational items including a bicycle, and even a trip to Disney World. Overall, an estimate of $28,000 was raised for the shelter.

The Alliance Senior Center decorated for the 14th Annual Hope for Healing fundraiser
Fundraiser guests looking over the many items up for auction at the 14th Annual Hope for Healing fundraiser.

The fundraiser kicked off with a silent auction at 5 p.m. and a buffet-style meal from Jeff Walker Catering. Fundraising Chair and honorary board member, Dr. Debra Lehrer, spoke about the outpouring of support from local businesses and the community for the fundraiser. She then introduced the evening’s keynote speakers, Executive Director, Kimberly Stanley and Board Treasurer, Pastor Neal Mann.

Fundraising Chair, Dr. Debra Lehrer
Musicians Meredith Joyce and Justin Logan performing Katy Perry’s fitting single, Roar during the 2019 Hope for Healing fundraiser

Longtime board member, Pastor Neal Mann, gave an impassioned speech about his history with the shelter. Since 2002, he has served in various capacities on the board of trustees, guiding the mission of the shelter for nearly two decades.

Board member, Pastor Neal Mann, gives an impassioned speech during the 14th annual Hope for Healing fundraiser in support of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter

Pastor Mann spoke about the 40-year history of the shelter, recounting the early days of his tenure with AADVS when Kimberly Stanley became Executive Director at the age of 25.

“At that time, Kim was the youngest executive director in the state,” Mann said. “Her tireless commitment to the community and her work with the Stark County Domestic Violence Collaborative among many other networks is what led to Kim being named one of Stark County’s Twenty Under 40 and receiving the Athena Award,” Mann continued.

Pastor Neal Mann speaks about the history of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter while Executive Director, Kimberly Stanley, looks on.

“This is the largest fundraiser of the year,” Stanley said. “We rely heavily on the funds raised from this event to help keep the doors of the shelter open,” she continued, thanking the audience for their attendance. She went on to explain: “There are many expenses that grants and other funding sources do not cover. The Hope for Healing event covers the gaps in funding that are critical to continuing our mission of providing quality services to survivors of domestic violence.”

The Hope for Healing fundraiser is an opportunity to engage a large crowd and provide education and awareness about an issue that so heavily impacts the Alliance community. Those who attend are supporting the agency and the survivors that we serve. It is truly amazing for survivors to know that the community supports them.

Thanks to the many agencies and individuals who donated items, time, and energy into making this year’s fundraiser a success. Because of the overwhelming support of the community, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter can continue to provide refuge to those seeking safety from abusive homes and relationships. It is through the support of the community that we are able to truly provide hope for healing.

VFW Post 1036 Presents Check to Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter (A.A.D.V.S.)

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Alliance, Ohio (10/30/2015) – The Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter was pleased to receive a check, in the sum of $2,000, from the Corporal Francis Williams Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1036 of Alliance. Post Commander, Wayne Rinehart (Left) and Quartermaster, Aaron Arbogast (Right) presented the check to Executive Director Kimberly Stanley (Center) at their State Street headquarters.

“This community organization sees the need for a domestic violence shelter in the Carnation City,” said Executive Director Kimberly Stanley. “We are grateful to receive this generous donation. The money will continue services for those who need us most.”

“I read the database everyday and see all of the cases of domestic violence,” said Post Commander Wayne Rinehart. “That’s what led us to donating to the shelter. We know the victims need the help.”

The funds for the donation were raised through ticket sales. The members of VFW Post 1036 purchased tickets to contribute towards non-profits that service the Alliance community. After funds are received, a committee of VFW members decides how the money will be spent.

“I think this is a really good cause. I encourage others to step up and contribute, too,” said Quartermaster Aaron Arbogast.

The Corporal Francis Williams Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1036 operates at 1036 East State Street in Alliance. The post can be reached by calling (330) 821-2999 and their meeting time is 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. The VFW Halloween Party will be held on October 31st, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the post. There is no cost of admission to this event.

The Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter (A.A.D.V.S) empowers and assists survivors of verbal, emotional, financial, sexual, and physical abuse by providing education, resources, emergency shelter and transitional support services. The shelter has operated in the Carnation City since 1979. The shelter can be contacted by calling (330) 823-7223 and donations can be sent to P.O. Box 3622 Alliance, Ohio 44601.

 

American Legion Post 166 Presents Check to Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter (A.A.D.V.S.)

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Kim Stanley and Ted Pase

The Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter was pleased to receive a check, in the sum of $1,450, from the American Legion Post 166 of Alliance. Commander and Post Adjutant of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 166, Ted Pase organized a ticket raffle. The members of the post and staff of the shelter were able to sell over 600 tickets. The check to the shelter was a percentage from the sale of raffle tickets for two handguns.

“We believe this community organization understands the need for a domestic violence shelter in our area,” said Executive Director Kim Stanley. “The money will be used to continue our programming for the Alliance area and beyond.”

“I truly believe that no one should live in fear for their lives,” said Commander Ted Pase. “Men, women and children are put into these dangerous situations and must be made aware of the resources available.”

The two handguns raffled in the sale were a Glock 19 9mm and a Sig Saur 320c. Each handgun also included a box of ammo that was given to the winner with the handgun. Those who purchased the tickets and the winners of the sale had to be 21 years of age. The winners were made aware that they must comply with all gun ownership laws including a background investigation into their record. Runzo’s Outdoor Sports provided the handguns and conducted the background investigations. The raffle tickets were sold to members of the public for $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20.

“The board and myself believe in background investigations and safe gun practices,” said Stanley. “We believe that the experienced staff at Runzo’s Outdoor Sports conducted the investigations with professionalism and that safety was the top priority. The American Legion Post 166 helped to support our shelter through this raffle and we are grateful.”

The winners of the raffle ticket sale were Mr. Tom LaVogue and Ms. Bonnie McDole.

The Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter (A.A.D.V.S) empowers and assists survivors of verbal, emotional, financial, sexual, and physical abuse by providing education, resources, emergency shelter and transitional support services. The shelter has operated in the Carnation City since 1979. The shelter can be contacted by calling (330) 823-7223 and donations can be sent to P.O. Box 3622 Alliance, Ohio 44601.