Dawn June, 2016 Newsletter

Peg Coleman (middle) ED at DAWN, John (right) and Val (left) Backus with Lucky Seven Foundation

Peg Coleman (middle) ED at DAWN, John (right) and Val (left) Backus with Lucky Seven Foundation

Dawn of a New Day Benefit Breakfast raises nearly $60,000

Dawn is more than just a name. It is inherent in our philosophy of bringing the subject of domestic violence out of the shadows by raising awareness and facilitating action in our community. At the Dawn of a New Day Benefit Breakfast held on May 4, Dr. Marilyn Gist,Associate Dean of Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics and Executive Programs and the Center for Leadership Formation, helped guests understand the pervasiveness and long lasting effects of domestic violence on the victims. Dr. Gist spoke about domestic violence as a barrier to social justice. Dr. Gist’s work with business leaders helps bring about more peaceful communities.

Susie Winston (left), Director of Child and Family Services and Mike Heinish, Executive Director 

Susie Winston (left), Director of Child and Family Services and Mike Heinish, Executive Director

The Breakfast was also a time for recognition and celebration. Susie Winston , Director of Child and Family Services for Sound Mental Health, was presented with the Terri Kimball Awardin recognition of her relentless advocacy for victims of domestic violence receiving mental health services. Mike Heinisch, Executive Director of Kent Youth and Family Services received the Jennifer Politakis Hero Awardfor his ceaseless efforts on behalf of the children and families in South King County. And, once again, The Lucky Seven Foundationchallenged guests to dig deep offering to match all new and increased giving dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000. Our generous guests handily met the challenge! Thank you to all who came. Your gifts save lives and help bring about more peaceful communities.

Susie Winston (left), Director of Child and Family Services and Mike Heinish, Executive Director 

“Dawn shelters and empowers survivors of domestic abuse in South King County and helps to keep us all safe by educating our community to respond to and prevent domestic violence.”

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GiveBIG 2016

GiveBIG supporters showed up in a BIG way for Dawn’s women and children! This year we raised $11,600, more than doubling last year’s total. We are grateful to you all. Every gift tells one more woman, one more family, that they are not alone and there is reason to hope. Many thanks to our volunteer, Mark Schultz, for keeping Dawn visible throughout the campaign. You are a rock star! All gifts support the work of Dawn as the only nonprofit in South King County whose resources and expertise are solely dedicated to women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Mother’s Day

7dcecb35-7ab9-4f7a-b399-0f0aadb7f38f1“Here mom, this is for you.” The children’s smiles were almost as wide as their mom’s. Local Mary Kayconsultants donated products for our shelter moms. Employees of Macy’s Distribution Center in Tukwila also donated pampering kits so each mom could feel appreciated. The students from Auburn Riverside High School National Honor Society gave each mom a piece of handmade jewelry. One resident returned from work late in the evening to receive her package of pampering products. “That was just what I needed to let go of the day’s stress.” It is very powerful for our residents to know that they are important in the hearts of so many in our community. Thank you for remembering our moms and empowering their children to recognize her on her special day. Your gifts heal hearts and bring about hope