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2012 Press Releases


August 23, 2012- YWCA Oklahoma City hosts first Engaging Men breakfast

August 21, 2012- YWCA Oklahoma City's Swing for Shelter benefits victims of domestic violence.

August 7, 2012- 7-Eleven contributes $1 million to YWCA Oklahoma City Capital Campaign

June 19, 2012- Purple Sash Gala to benefit women and children healing from violence

June 8, 2012- Devon Energy contributes $1 million toward YWCA Capital Campaign

April 23, 2012- Our Sisters' Closet celebrates five-year anniversary

April 9, 2012- Money Mania Community Fair makes finances fun

March 28, 2012- Full Circle Bookstore to host fundraising event for YWCA's Battered Women's Shelter this weekend

March 31, 2012- YWCA fundraiser schedule finalized

YWCA fundraiser schedule finalized

NORMAN — Full Circle Bookstore announced the final schedule for an event to raise funds for the YWCA Oklahoma City Capital Campaign to build a new shelter in Oklahoma County for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Featuring a book signing with Oklahoma blogger-turned-author Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, the afternoon’s activities will kick off 1 p.m. today, with live performances by local musicians, a casual fashion show and special raffles.

Sponsored by Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place and Route 66, this special event takes place on the main level of 50 Penn Place at 1900 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City. The event is free and open to the public.

Jim Tolbert, Full Circle Bookstore owner, said the store will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the day’s activities to benefit the campaign. The campaign is raising funds for the Battered Women’s Shelter to construct a new shelter, as well as renovate the existing building and expand provided services.

 “We are excited to host an event of this magnitude – one that truly shows the generosity of several Oklahomans who are sharing their talents to provide resources for Oklahoma women and children in need of shelter from domestic violence,” said Tolbert.

“From Ree’s appearance and book signing to the musical guests to those donating their items for raffles and patrons making additional donations, this is an event designed to support YWCA’s Capital Campaign and ultimately increase their capacity to serve victims of domestic abuse.”

Tolbert said a percentage from every copy of Drummond’s latest book sold will be donated to the YWCA Oklahoma City.

Route 66, cosponsors of the event, have agreed to donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to the cause. Additional raffle items will raise funds, and local musicians, Kyle Dillingham and Howard Brady Band, will perform throughout the event.

 Jan Peery, YWCA chief executive officer, said this fundraiser can really make a difference for the shelter.

 “YWCA’s emergency shelter is full 99.9 percent of the time, and with the increase in domestic violence related homicides since January, it highlights the ever increasing need for our services,” said Peery.

“We are able to continue providing life-saving services for women and children who have experienced domestic violence because of generous, compassionate Oklahoman’s who come together to enhance the quality of life for those in need.”  

Special presentation by Drummond will take place at 1 p.m., a book signing with Drummond inside Full Circle will take place at 2 p.m., a music performance by Kyle Dillingham will take place at 2 p.m., and a music performance by Howard Brady Band will be from 4-6 p.m.

For more information about the event, book signing, or to order books please call 405-842-2900.

Full Circle Bookstore to host fundraising event for YWCA’s Battered Women’s Shelter this weekend

Event coincides with Oklahoma blogger-turned-author Pioneer Woman book signing

(Oklahoma City) Full Circle Bookstoretoday announced the final schedule for an event to raise funds for the YWCA Oklahoma City Capital Campaign to build a new shelter in Oklahoma County for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Featuring a book signing with Oklahoma blogger-turned-author Ree Drummond, also known asThe Pioneer Woman, the afternoon’s activities will kick off this Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m., with live performances by local musicians, a casual fashion show and special raffles. A percentage of the proceeds from the day’s activities will benefit the YWCA’s Capital Campaign to raise funds for the Battered Women’s Shelter which will not only construct a new shelter, but renovate the existing building and expand services to battered women and children.

Based on a previous book signing Drummond held at the bookstore in October 2009, Jim Tolbert, store owner, expects the event to attract a significant number of Drummond fans as well as YWCA supporters.

“We are excited to host an event of this magnitude – one that truly shows the generosity of several Oklahomans who are sharing their talents to provide resources for Oklahoma women and children in need of shelter from domestic violence,” said Tolbert. “From Ree’s appearance and book signing to the musical guests to those donating their items for raffles and patrons making additional donations, this is an event designed to support YWCA’s Capital Campaign and ultimately increase their capacity to serve victims of domestic abuse.”

Tolbert said a percentage from every copy of Drummond’s latest book sold will be donated to the YWCA Oklahoma City as a way to create awareness among event attendees for the YWCA Capital Campaign and the organization’s programs and services. He said additional funds will be raised through other avenues throughout the afternoon. Co-sponsors of the event, officials with Route 66, have agreed to donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to the cause. Additional raffle items will raise funds, and local musicians, Kyle Dillingham and Howard Brady Band, will perform throughout the event.

Sandy Pantlik, YWCA Capital Campaign Marketing Chair, said the funds raised from this event will go toward the new shelter to provide resources for individuals who are in domestic violence situations and need immediate assistance.

“YWCA’s emergency shelter is full 99.9% of the time, and with the increase in domestic violence related homicides since January, it highlights the ever increasing need for our services,” said Jan Peery, YWCA’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are able to continue providing life-saving services for women and children who have experienced domestic violence because of generous, compassionate Oklahoman’s who come together to enhance the quality of life for those in need.”

Schedule of Events:
1 p.m. – Special presentation by The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, located on the main level of 50 Penn Place
2 p.m. – Book signing with The Pioneer Woman, located inside Full Circle Bookstore
2 p.m. – Music performance by Kyle Dillingham, located on the main level of 50 Penn Place
4 to 6 p.m. – Music performance by Howard Brady Band
Ongoing events: Casual fashion show presented by Route 66, raffle item registration and drawings
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Whole Foods Oklahoma City will provide free recipes, products and samples.

Sponsored by Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place and Route 66, this special event benefitting the YWCA’s Capital Campaign will take place Saturday, March 31 starting at 1 p.m. All events will take place on the main level of 50 Penn Place, located at 1900 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, book signing, or to preorder books please call (405) 842-2900.

Full Circle Bookstore is the largest independent, locally-owned, general interest bookstore in Oklahoma. Located on the first level of 50 Penn Place in northwest Oklahoma City, the bookstore offers a café, live music, several reading rooms, interactive story times, weekly programming and more than 60,000 books on a variety of subjects. For more information visit, http://www.fullcirclebooks.com/ or “like” them at http://www.facebook.com/FullCircleBookstoreOKC and https://twitter.com/fullcircleokc.

Money Mania Community Fair Makes Finances Fun
The YWCA and Junior League partner to present free fair

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 9, 2012)Money Mania, a free fair on financial literacy, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21 at the YWCA McFarland Branch, 1701 North Martin Luther King Ave. This carnival-style event will educate participants on successfully managing their money.

“Financial knowledge is vital, especially during tough times, and we want to make those resources readily available,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County. “At Money Mania, we will empower families to live well while staying on a budget.”

The family-friendly atmosphere will feature games, prizes and free food alongside education on money management. Organizations participating in Money Mania include the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City branch, WEOKIE Credit Union, Insure Oklahoma, One Church One Child, Family Expectations, Oklahoma Employees Credit Union, Invest Ed, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City, Credit Union One of Oklahoma and Variety Care, among others. Presented jointly by the YWCA and Junior League of Oklahoma City and sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union, Money Mania is free and open to the public.

 “Financial dependence is the number one reason women stay in abusive relationships,” Peery said. “This isn’t just about quality of life; it is about saving lives.” 

The YWCA’s Economic Empowerment Program provides financial literacy, job training and other skills to women who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The Junior League of Oklahoma City is a partner in the YWCA’s Economic Empowerment Program’s education efforts and helped launch Money Mania as a way to provide that financial literacy to the community.

“Tinker FCU has partnered with the YWCA to offer Money Mania to the community. We feel that a family fun fair that focuses on finances offers education in a fun environment and gets the family to think about money issues together. This is the third year that this event has been the kick-off event for Jump$tart Your Money Week – it is a great event!” Cynthia Campbell VP of Financial Empowerment at TFCU and President of the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition.

Money Mania is a kick-off event for Jump$tart Your Money Week, a financial literacy public awareness campaign hosted by the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition. It’s intended to help all Oklahomans better manage personal finances. More information, free classes and resources, and other local events can be can be found atwww.oklahomajumpstart.org

 About Junior League

The Junior League of Oklahoma City is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership- trained volunteers. The vision of the Junior League is to empower volunteers and to impact the community and enrich lives by changing lives through literacy. For more information, visit www.jloc.org.

About the YWCA Oklahoma City
The YWCA Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all. As the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County, the YWCA Oklahoma City provides life-saving services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.For more information, visit www.ywcaokc.org.

About the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition

The Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition (OJC) is a group of businesses, individuals, financial institutions, and government and non-profit agencies that believe basic personal financial literacy is an essential skill. The OJC’s is to make a positive difference in the future of Oklahoma families by helping youth and adults improve their financial well-being. The Coalition's mission is to educate and empower youth and adults with the information and resources necessary to make informed financial decisions. For more information, visit www.oklahomajumpstart.org.

Our Sisters' Closet celebrates five-year anniversary
Proceeds from the store benefit Oklahoma County’s only shelter for battered women and children. 

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 23, 2012) –Our Sister’s Closet, the upscale retail shop of the YWCA, will celebrate its 5thanniversary this Thursday, April 26. The SW Oklahoma City location, 2209 W. 1-240 Service Road, will be hosting a special guest at 7 p.m. to celebrate.

“Queen Mum” Patsy Smith from the Consumer Queen organization will make a presentation to share tips on frugal shopping, couponing and give ideas on how to save and shop wisely.

“Our Sisters’ Closet is not only a money saving shop, but it is also one of the revenue generating opportunities for the YWCA Oklahoma City,” said Deb Stanaland, Chief Support Services Officer. “The whole idea of this store is to generate money to provide to other services in the agency, which we have done over the last five years.”

In addition to the Consumer Queen presentation, both Our Sisters’ Closet locations will have specials and discounts throughout the day. People can enter to win a $50 gift card, and the SW Oklahoma City store will remain open for late-night shopping from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“We have provided clothing and household items to more than 2,000 women and children since we opened the doors five years ago,” said Cindy Reynolds, Director of Retail Operations. “One thing that makes us special is once someone comes into our stores, they become loyal because of who we are, what we do and the services we provide.”

All revenue from both Our Sisters’ Closet locations benefits the YWCA shelter for battered women and children. The Edmond store, 101 E. Hurd, is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The SW Oklahoma City store is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Clothing, accessories and household goods donations can be made at both stores.

For more information on the YWCA’s resale shops visit www.ywca.org/OurSistersCloset.

About the YWCA Oklahoma City

The YWCA Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all.  The YWCA Oklahoma City is best known as the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County. More than 18,000 women, children and men receive help through YWCA programs, including emergency shelter for battered women and children, counseling, support groups, child care, transitional housing, financial literacy, batterer's intervention and other services. Ongoing community outreach efforts of the YWCA provide education on the issues of domestic and family violence, the empowerment of women and strategies to end racism. For more information on the YWCA Oklahoma City, visit www.ywcaokc.org.


Devon Energy contributes $1 million toward YWCA capital campaign

June 8, 2012 -- Devon Energy has partnered with YWCA Oklahoma City to protect domestic abuse victims through a major contribution to the agency’s $15 million capital campaign to build a new shelter.

In a news conference Friday, the YWCA announced Devon’s $1 million contribution to the campaign to fund the 10,000-square-foot expansion of the YWCA’s current shelter that will nearly double the size of the current facility.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to help the YWCA provide services to women and children affected by domestic abuse,” said Devon Executive Chairman Larry Nichols. “Domestic violence is a serious issue in our society, and we have a chance to address that as a community by supporting the work of the YWCA.”

Oklahoma ranks 11th nationally in the number of women killed by men, and since 2000, Oklahoma has had more than 1,000 domestic violence homicides. Sadly, more than 95 percent of those homicide victims never had access to a safe haven such as a shelter.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, YWCA Chief Executive Officer Jan Peery and several supporters of the YWCA capital campaign appeared at the news conference in support of the major gift announcement.

“It is vitally important to our community that these victims and their children have a safe place to get away from abusive situations and to start a new life,” Citty said. “Expanding the current shelter will save lives.”

YWCA Oklahoma City launched the three-year capital campaign earlier this year, and Devon’s donation is the first major corporate gift announcement for the campaign. The funds raised in the campaign will transform the existing shelter into an extended stay shelter for victims and their children. The funds will also be used to renovate the McFarland branch facility in northeast Oklahoma City and establish an endowment fund.

“We are going to build a new shelter that will provide sanctuary for 85 women and children,” Peery said. “The current shelter is full 99 percent of the time, meaning many victims now go unserved because there isn’t room in the shelter “

“It is important to have somewhere to go, for women and children to know there is help and hope when they face domestic violence,” she said. “YWCA Oklahoma City provides that hope.”

Domestic violence is an issue that impacts people from all walks of life. According to state and national statistics one in four women will be physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Women who are abused have higher absenteeism rates at work due to injuries. And, domestic violence often becomes workplace violence when an abusive partner seeks to confront a victim at her workplace.

Purple Sash Gala to Benefit Women and Children Healing from Violence
All proceeds benefit the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 19, 2012) – The YWCA Oklahoma City will host its ninth annual Purple Sash gala on Saturday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63 rd St. All proceeds from the event will benefit the YWCA Oklahoma City, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.

“Purple Sash is our most elegant and exciting event of the year,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City. “It is a night to celebrate survivors of domestic violence while raising funds and awareness for those still fighting to break the cycle of abuse.”

The evening will include a delicious dinner catered by the Skirvin Hilton, a wine pull, raffle, a New York style runway show show presented by Ruth Meyers, and live and silent auctions. Guests can bid on exciting items including a Kia Sorento CUV donated by the Oklahoma City Thunder’s James Harden, a trip to Maui, trips to New York and Cozumel, artwork by children in our shelter and much more.

Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets can be purchased online for $250 at www.ywcaokc.org.  

SandRidge Energy is the 2012 Purple Sash Title Sponsor, and the Chickasaw Nation is YWCA’s Legacy Sponsor. Other sponsors include Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, BancFirst, Eventures Inc., 1800-2SellHomes, Simon’s Petroleum, Crescent Consulting, LLC, Comtech Design Print and Mail, Arvest Bank, Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates, P.C., Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, QuiBids, Traction Marketing, Tyler Media, and Trichology Salon among others. For a full list of Purple Sash sponsors, visit www.ywcaokc.org.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ywcaokc.org/purplesash or contact the YWCA at 405-948-1770.

About the YWCA Oklahoma City

The YWCA Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all.  The YWCA Oklahoma City is best known as the only certified shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County. More than 15,000 women, children and men receive help through YWCA programs, including emergency shelter for battered women and children, counseling, support groups, child care, transitional housing, financial literacy, batterer's intervention and other services. Ongoing community outreach efforts of the YWCA provide education on the issues of domestic and family violence, the empowerment of women and strategies to end racism. For more information on the YWCA Oklahoma City, visit www.ywcaokc.org.

YWCA Oklahoma City’s Swing for Shelter benefits victims of domestic violence
Third-annual golf tournament benefits only shelter for battered women and children


OKLAHOMA CITY (August 21, 2012):The YWCA’s third-annual golf tournament, Swing for Shelter, will kick off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 27 at Belmar Golf Club in Norman. Open to both men and women players, this four-person scramble will benefit the YWCA Oklahoma City, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.

“We are seeing an increasing need for our services in Oklahoma, so community involvement is critical in supporting our mission,” said Jan Peery, CEO of the YWCA. “Whether you participate as a golfer, a sponsor, volunteer or attend lunch after the tournament, you are having a direct impact on women and children who are healing from domestic violence.”

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Lunch and awards will immediately follow the tournament. Golfers will also have a chance to win hole-in-one prizes including a Rolex from BC Clark Jewelers and a set of Callaway Irons from Golf USA.

This year’s title sponsor is LINN Energy. Other sponsors include Arvest Bank, Tyler Media, Long John Silver’s/A&W, Advanced Aesthetics, BC Clark Jewelers, Stillwater National Bank, Jim Trepagnier, Total Home Exterior and John Whetsel.

Spots are still available for teams of four and individual player registrations. Team registration is $500 and includes cart rental, green fees, logo golf shirt, goodie bag and lunch at the end of the scramble. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place finishes in three flights. Individuals can register for the same benefits at $150 and will be placed on a four-person team. 

For more information or to register as a team or sponsor, visit www.ywcaokc.org or call the YWCA at 405-948-1770. 

About the YWCA Oklahoma City

The YWCA Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all.  The YWCA Oklahoma City is best known as the only certified shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County. More than 15,000 women, children and men receive help through YWCA programs, including emergency shelter for battered women and children, counseling, support groups, child care, transitional housing, financial literacy, batterer's intervention and other services. Ongoing community outreach efforts of the YWCA provide education on the issues of domestic and family violence, the empowerment of women and strategies to end racism. For more information on the YWCA Oklahoma City, visit www.ywcaokc.org.

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YWCA Oklahoma City hosts first Engaging Men Breakfast
Proceeds with benefit the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 23, 2012) – The YWCA will host the inaugural Engaging Men Breakfast on August 30 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th Street, Oklahoma City, OK.

“We can’t stop violence against women without getting men involved in our mission,” said Janet Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City. “This breakfast is crucial to engage men in supporting victims of domestic violence while raising awareness and funds to benefit women and children in need in Oklahoma County.”

Check-in and registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. on August 30. The program and breakfast will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The program will include a keynote address from Ted Streuli, editor of The Journal Record.“

Domestic violence affects everyone in our society, not just women,” Streuli said. “For the most part, only women have championed the kind of change necessary to end the pattern of personal, painful tragedies. As more men become aware of the issue and become engaged, the sooner we will save families and lives.”

Oklahoma currently ranks 11thin the nation for women killed by men, and up to 60 percent of men who abuse women also abuse children. Male children who witness the abuse of their mothers by fathers are three times more likely to become men who batter in adulthood. Engaging Men will educate men about these startling statistics and how to become an advocate for ending domestic violence.

“We can start here; right here, in Oklahoma City, with just a few men, and start a wave that will help hundreds in our own community and, ultimately, many thousands nationally,” Streuli said.

The first sponsor for the Engaging Men breakfast is Lippert Brothers. A variety of sponsorship levels are still available. To get involved in Engaging Men by serving as a table host or sponsor, please contact Paige Mills-Haag at pmills-haag@ywcaokc.org or 405-948-1770 for more information.

Visit www.ywcaokc.org for more information about Engaging Men.

About the YWCA Oklahoma City

The YWCA Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all.  The YWCA Oklahoma City is best known as the only certified shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County. More than 15,000 women, children and men receive help through YWCA programs, including emergency shelter for battered women and children, counseling, support groups, child care, transitional housing, financial literacy, batterer's intervention and other services. Ongoing community outreach efforts of the YWCA provide education on the issues of domestic and family violence, the empowerment of women and strategies to end racism. For more information on the YWCA Oklahoma City, visitwww.ywcaokc.org.

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