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2011 Press Releases

December 22, 2011 - Women Who Care Share Luncheon Benefits the Only Shelter for Battered Women and Children in Oklahoma County

December 7, 2011 - Violence Against Women Act Due for Reauthorization

October 21, 2011 - Roundtable to Present a Male Perspective on Domestic Violence

August 2, 2011 - YWCA's Swing for Shelter Keeps Oklahomans Safe

June 6, 2011- Purple Sash

May 26, 2011- Pay it Momward

April 11, 2011- Embrace Award Nominations

April 11, 2011 - Money Mania Community Fair Makes Finances Fun

March 10, 2011 - YWCA Announces Chief Development Officer


Women Who Care Share Luncheon Benefits the Only Shelter for Battered Women and Children in Oklahoma County

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 22, 2011) — The YWCA’s 5th Annual Women Who Care Share Luncheon on December 5, 2011, netted over $43,000 and drew nearly 400 women and men to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. All proceeds from the event benefit the YWCA Oklahoma City, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.

“This luncheon brings together those who care about our mission and truly highlights their compassion,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City. “Thanks to their generosity, we can help women and children during the holiday season, a time of great need for those escaping from homes of domestic violence.”

Women Who Care Share Co-Chairs were Rita Aragon, State of Oklahoma Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs; Major General (Ret); and Jari Askins, Associate Provost for External Relations, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Director of Marketing and Outreach, Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center.

The Pulse Quartet, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, provided pre-luncheon entertainment, and children from the YWCA’s Hand in Hand Learning Center performed during the luncheon. Deb Stanaland, Chief Support Services Officer at the YWCA Oklahoma City was the Keynote Speaker.

Aragon and Askins presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Robyn Crowder, a sexual assault advocate who has volunteered with the YWCA since 2009. They also presented the YWCA Employee of the Year Award to Andrea LaFleur, Forensic Exam Program Coordinator.

The luncheon sponsor for Women Who Care Share was the University of Oklahoma Football Coaches Wives and photography was provided by Michelle Valantine Photography. Centerpieces were provided by Anje Campbell.

All funds raised at Women Who Care Share benefit the YWCA, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County. The YWCA provides shelter, counseling, support groups and other services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. For more information regarding the YWCA Oklahoma City, visit www.ywcaokc.org.


Violence Against Women Act Due for Reauthorization
Critical services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on the line

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 7, 2011) – One in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime and Oklahoma ranks 11th in the nation for the number of women killed by men. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is due for reauthorization in the United States Congress and will continue to provide critical funding for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault if passed. 

“The passage of this legislation is crucial for the well-being men, women and children in our community,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO YWCA Oklahoma City. “In these tough economic times, we are seeing a much greater need for services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and fewer economic resources.”

Domestic violence is already costly to our state and local businesses. The annual loss of productivity due to domestic violence is estimated at $727.8 million, with over 7.9 million paid workdays lost each year. In the long run, not passing this legislation could cost our nation more. 

Since its original passage in 1994, VAWA has been proven effective, but domestic violence and sexual assault are still significant problems in our community. As the only shelter certified by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office in Oklahoma County, the YWCA alone serves over 15,000 men, women and children each year in Oklahoma. All services are provided free of charge and include emergency shelter, transitional housing, sexual assault forensic exams, 24-hour hotlines, counseling and more.

“Our shelter is full 99.9% of the time so we know there is a real need in our community,” said Peery. “We never want to have to turn someone away due to a lack of funding.”

Three women die every day at the hands of their husbands and boyfriends. More than 25,000 instances of domestic violence were reported in Oklahoma last year. Three million children are exposed to domestic violence and up to 70% are also abused, often growing up to repeat the cycle of violence in their lives.

“While the statistics tell us we have work to do, this is about real Oklahomans - our daughters, mothers, sisters and children,” said Peery. “We urge Congress to pass this legislation and to let victims of domestic violence know there is help and hope.”

Congress must reauthorize this legislation to address this violence and build healthy communities. The YWCA urges all Oklahomans to contact their members of Congress and urge them to support this legislation today.


Roundtable to Present a Male Perspective on Domestic Violence
One of ten events in the country to be hosted in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 21, 2011) – A Domestic Violence Roundtable, Engaging Men in Stopping Violence Against Women, will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. this Monday, Oct. 24 at Langston University/Oklahoma City’s Auditorium, 4205 North Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. As part of Vice President Joe Biden’s initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence among young people, this event is one of ten being hosted in the United States during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“In order to prevent domestic violence, it is vital to address it as a community issue that affects all of us,” said Janet L. Peery, Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Oklahoma City. “The majority of the men in our country are not abusive toward the women in their lives. We want to create opportunities for them to speak out and inspire other men to do the same.”

The roundtable will feature an expert panel discussion followed by audience questions and comments. Topics will include the role of men in addressing violence against women, barriers that keep them from doing so, promising policies and programs that currently exist, and how we can encourage leadership among young men on issues of dating violence, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Panelists include Bob Funk, Jr., President, Express Sports; Bob Davis, Fatherhood Coordinator, Family Expectations; Don Hyde, Chief, Calera Police Department; Steve Nedbalek, PhD., Oklahoma State Health Department; Brandon Pasley, Address Confidentiality Program, Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General; Brian Stanaland, Battalion Chief Support Services, Oklahoma City Fire Department; and Rev. George E. Young, Senior Pastor, Holy Temple Baptist Church.

"Domestic violence is a serious issue in Oklahoma, as it is elsewhere in our nation,” said Jerry Hyden, Oklahoma City Field Office Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “It’s a problem that knows no social or economic class boundaries. Therefore, it must be addressed straight-on by all of us, both individually and as a society. The HUD Oklahoma City Field Office is very proud to be a partner supporting this effort.”

This roundtable is a collaboration of The Oklahoma Department of Housing and Urban Development, Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Oklahoma State Department of Health, University of Central Oklahoma, YWCA Oklahoma City, Parents Assistance Center and Langston University.

This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided. Reservations are requested and can be made online at www.ywca.org/dvamroundtable. For more information, visit www.ywcaokc.org.


YWCA’s Swing for Shelter keeps Oklahomans safe
Second-annual golf tournament benefits battered women and children

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 2, 2011) — The YWCA’s second-annual golf tournament, Swing for Shelter, will kick off at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22 at River Oaks Golf Club, 10909 Clubhouse Road in Edmond. This four-person scramble is open to men and women golfers and will benefit the YWCA Oklahoma City, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.

“We are seeing an increasing need in our community for services to support victims of domestic violence,” said Jan Peery, CEO, YWCA Oklahoma City. “Proceeds from Swing for Shelter will help us continue providing critical services, including emergency shelter to families whose lives are truly in danger.”

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the shot-gun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Lunch and awards will immediately follow the tournament. Players will also have the chance to win hole-in-one prizes that include a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle from Harley-Davidson World or a Rolex from BC Clark Jewelers.

This year’s sponsors include LINN Energy, Title Sponsor; Summit United Methodist Church, Shelter Sponsor; Tyler Media, Media Sponsor; Arvest Bank, Advocate Sponsor; Hickory Creek Ventures, LLC, Cart Sponsor; and Total Home Exterior and Long John Silver’s/A&W Restaurants as Hole Sponsors.

Spots are still available for teams of 4 and individual player registrations. Team registration is $500 and includes cart rental, green fees, and Lunch at the end of the scramble. Individuals can register for the same benefits at $150 and will be placed on a 4-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. 


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

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 7, 2011) — The YWCA Oklahoma City will host its seventh annual Purple Sash gala at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St. All proceeds benefit the YWCA Oklahoma City, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.

“Purple Sash is our largest, most elegant event of the year,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO YWCA Oklahoma City. “It is our way of celebrating survivors of domestic violence and of raising funds and awareness for those still fighting for their voices and their lives.”

The evening will include dinner catered by the Skirvin Hilton, live and silent auctions, a wine pull and a fast-paced fashion show by Ruth Meyers. Guests can bid on items including courtside Thunder tickets, luxurious trips to New York and Cozumel, beautiful jewelry, a helicopter ride with the Oklahoma City Police Department and even a private Graham Colton concert. At the end of the evening a survivor will share her story of escaping abuse and how she is using her own journey to healing to help others.

Raffle tickets are also available for the chance to win a 5-night Mexican cruise for two. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ywcaokc.org through June 24, and during Purple Sash for $20 each. The winner will be drawn at Purple Sash, but participants do not have to be present to win.

Sandridge Energy is the title sponsor for Purple Sash and other sponsors include Chesapeake Energy, BancFirst, Eventures Inc.,1800-2SellHomes, Community Hospital, Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates, P.C., University of Oklahoma Football Coaches Wives and Trichology Salon among others. For the full list of Purple Sash sponsors visit www.ywca.org/PurpleSash.

The silent auction and bar will open at 6:30 pm, and the program will begin at 7:30 pm. Attire is black tie preferred. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the YWCA at 948-1770 or visit www.ywcaokc.org.


BC Clark Pays it Momward, Presents $2,500 check to YWCA Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 26, 2011) – BC Clark Jewelers today presented a $2,500 donation to the YWCA Oklahoma City, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County. The donation was the culmination of BC Clark’s Pay it Momward promotion that ran for 10 days leading up to Mother’s Day.

“We are so thankful because this donation will save the lives of mothers escaping domestic violence in Central Oklahoma,” said Jan Peery, CEO at the YWCA Oklahoma city. “We rely on this kind of generosity to keep our doors open to families displaced by violence in their homes.”

From Friday, April 29 to Sunday May 8, BC Clark Jewelers dropped 20 wrapped Mother’s Day gifts containing BC Clark jewelry in public places throughout Oklahoma City. A gift tag instructed the lucky recipient to keep the gift if she was a mother, or to “Pay it Momward” by giving it to a mother he or she knows. To truly “Pay it Momward,” BC Clark made a donation to the YWCA Oklahoma City for each gift found.

Coleman Clark, BC Clark Jewelers President, and Mitchell Clark, BC Clark Jewelers Executive
Vice President presented the $2,500 check to YWCA Oklahoma City Chief Development
Officer, Mike Edmison on Thursday, May 26 at BC Clark’s Downtown store.

The YWCA Oklahoma City is best known as the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County and provides shelter, housing, counseling, education, child care and other services to women and children healing from domestic violence and sexual assault. Over 14,000 people in Central Oklahoma receive help agency wide each year. For more information visit www.ywcaokc.org.


YWCA Oklahoma City Seeks Embrace Award Nominations
Award presented annually at Purple Sash Gala

Oklahoma City (April 21, 2011) – The YWCA is seeking nominations for the 2011 Embrace Award, an honor given annually to an exceptional Oklahoman who embraces the YWCA mission: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women. Nominations for the Embrace Award can be submitted until May 15, 2011 on the YWCA’s website, www.ywcaokc.org.

“With the Embrace Award, we honor an individual who truly embraces the mission of the YWCA,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City. “It is important to us that we recognize those leaders in our community because they are crucial to the success of our organization.”

Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to empowering women and eliminating racism through their work, volunteerism or personal life. Each should have a history of actively working to improve conditions for women and families, and have demonstrated leadership on issues affecting women and/or minorities. Previous Embrace Award winners include Joan Frates, Joyce Henderson, Major General Rita Aragon (Ret.), Mary Melon, Dr. Jean Warner and Joan Korenblit.

The YWCA’s Embrace Award will be presented at the Purple Sash Gala on June 25, 2011 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Purple Sash is the YWCA’s largest annual event and will feature dinner, silent and live auctions, a New York-style fashion show presented by Ruth Myers and awards presentations. More than 650 guests are expected at this year’s event, with two seats reserved for the Embrace Award winner and a guest. The Purple Sash title sponsor is SandRidge Energy and additional sponsors include BancFirst, OU Football Coaches Wives, 1-800-2SellHomes, Community Hospital, among others.

“We present the award at Purple Sash, our largest, most elegant fundraising event because it is truly a time for celebration.” said Peery.

Nominations can be made at the YWCA website, www.ywcaokc.org, or by contacting Mike Edmison at 951-3322. Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2011.

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

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 11, 2011) Money Mania, a free fair on financial literacy, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23 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 Quail Creek Bank, Finance Point Inc., Oklahoma Society of CPAs, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, the Capitol Chamber of Commerce, Community Action Agency, Insure Oklahoma, the Oklahoma County Sheriff Department’s “Kid ID” program 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. 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.

“We are thrilled to be part of Money Mania because our mission is to help members achieve goals and realize their dreams,” said Cynthia Campbell, AVP of Financial Empowerment at Tinker Federal Credit Union. “Financial education is at the heart of that mission.”

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 at www.oklahomajumpstart.org

YWCA Announces Chief Development Officer

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 10, 2011) – The YWCA Oklahoma City is proud to announce and welcome Mike Edmison as its Chief Development Officer. This addition will allow the YWCA to continue to grow and provide life-saving services as the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.

“We are so excited to have Mike on board,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City. “His experience and passion for serving the community make him an excellent addition to our team.”

Edmison brings almost a decade of non-profit leadership and fundraising experience to the YWCA, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Orthopedic Health. He also served as the Program Director at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for 7 years. Edmison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education from Oklahoma City University. 

 As the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County, the YWCA provides wraparound services to victims of domestic violence sexual assault. For more information, visit www.ywcaokc.org or call 405-951-3381.