Ladies Night Out to fight domestic violence

Angela Grossmann-Roewe - Contributing WriterNovember 1, 2012 

Ladies Night Out Fundraising Event - Ladies Night Out Committee and presenting sponsor Sharon Kennedy

Despite what many believe, domestic violence has no boundaries nor does it discriminate. Women and children of all races, beliefs and socio-economic statuses are living this nightmare and praying for a miracle. It may even be the woman next door. Often, these women and children find solace through the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois, and now the not-for-profit group needs your help.

A girls night out can do a lot for the heart, soul, and in some cases, the community, so call on your best gal pals and make a date to attend the fourth annual Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois’ Ladies Night Out on Nov. 8. This fundraising event, slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights, will raise funds for the center and its services. Tickets for the event are $50 and include heavy appetizers, dessert, wine, beer, soda, vendors, and services geared to pamper women of all ages.

Pat Mayberry Vecchio, director of development for VPC, says this fundraiser is even more important to the operation of the center than ever, since the program has been burdened by some recent, and very drastic budget cuts.

“Due to the State of Illinois’ Department of Human Resource grant cuts, we have lost nearly $100,000 in funding in the past few years,” she said. “These are sizeable losses, and since we are already a barebones operation, we may have to cut services and programs unless our fundraisers and donations increase, so we are asking for heavy community support. What we raise at this event will be to replace those substantial cuts, not additional funding, to continue to make a difference in women and children’s lives.”

Music will be provided by Night Magic Entertainment and photo booth service by Get The Party Started. Raffle drawings and 50/50 drawings will be held throughout the evening. The newest addition to the lineup will include a Wrapping Station so guests can shop and have their holiday gifts wrapped up on the spot, making the holiday season that much simpler.

A variety of vendors and service stations will be available for guests.

VPC provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence in St. Clair, Monroe, and Randolph Counties in Illinois. These free services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, a shelter, individual and group counseling, art therapy, police and court advocacy services, economic empowerment services, and prevention and education in the community.

During the 2012 fiscal year, VPC provided services to 1,762 victims of domestic violence, including 5,362 nights of safe shelter to 258 women and children.

In addition, VPC staff answered nearly 9,000 hotline calls and filed nearly 1,000 Orders of Protection requests.

For more information regarding the fourth annual Ladies Night Out event, please contact Pat Mayberry Vecchio at 618-236-2531, extension 130, or visit VPC’s website at

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