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2010 Press Releases

Aug. 26, 2010 - YWCAOKC Partners With Businesses to Promote Voter Registration in OK County

July 14, 2010 YWCA Training Teaches Nurses to Use Forensic Exams to Help victims of Sexual Violence

July 8, 2010 - YWCA Elects Board Members, Officers to Lead Oklahoma County's Only Battered Women's Shelter

March 31, 2010 - Race Raises Awareness and Funds to Help Victims of Sexual Assault in Oklahoma 

October 4, 2010 - Our Sisters' Closet Opens its Doors in Edmond

November 30, 2010 - YWCA Luncheon Celebrates Women Who Care and Share

Luncheon benefits the only shelter for battered women and children in Okla. County

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 30, 2010) – At 11:30 a.m. on Monday December 6, the YWCA Oklahoma City will host its fourth annual Women Who Care Share luncheon in the Skirvin Hilton’s Grand Ballroom. The luncheon celebrates the compassion and generosity of Oklahoma Women and benefits the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.  

“We are so thankful for the generosity of the women in our community,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City. “Their compassion enables us to help women and children during the holiday season, which is a time of great need for those escaping domestic violence.” 

Guests will enjoy lunch, learn how the YWCA helps victims of violence and hear the story of a survivor of domestic abuse. More than 400 guests are expected to attend and each is asked to donate at least $100 during the luncheon. This year’s luncheon chairs are Mary Mélon of the Journal Record, Lisa Putt with Willis HRH and Annette White-Kososky with EWF International.  

Lt. Governor Jari Askins also will present the Volunteer of the Year Award to Joe Steadman with Oklahoma City-based VIP Hosting, an internet hosting and graphic design firm. Steadman has volunteered at the YWCA for more than two years helping children affected by domestic abuse. 

All funds raised by the event 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, visit www.ywca.org/WomenWhoCare.

Proceeds benefit Oklahoma County’s only shelter for battered women

 OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 4. 2010) – Our Sisters’ Closet, the retail shop of the YWCA Oklahoma City, will open its doors in Edmond at 10 a.m. on October 5.  The new store is located at 101 E. Hurd and will provide quality resale at affordable prices.  All proceeds from the store benefit the YWCA Oklahoma City, the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County. 

“Every little bit matters to the women and children we serve,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City.  “Income from this new location could mean the difference between life and death for a woman escaping domestic violence.”

The new location is approximately 2,500 square feet and will offer high-quality used clothing, shoes, books and house wares.  The store location, fixtures and many of the items inside were recently donated to the YWCA by Brenner Mortgage of Edmond.

“We cannot thank Brenner Mortgage enough for this exciting opportunity,” said Peery.  “They are truly giving women and children a second chance by making it possible to open this second store.”

Our Sisters’ Closet in Edmond will operate in conjunction with the South Oklahoma City shop located at 6012 South Western.  In addition to providing income, both stores simplify the process of collecting and providing donations, such as clothing and house hold items, to the women and children in the YWCA’s emergency programs.

Both locations are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  Donations are accepted at both store locations as well as at the YWCA’s Administrative Office at 2460 W. I-44 Service Rd. in Oklahoma City.

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

Weeklong project designed to honor 19th Amendment, encourage registration  

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 26, 2010) – Ninety years ago women had no voice in the political process, until the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. The YWCA is encouraging women to use their voices through a weeklong voter registration drive starting on Women’s Equality Day, Thursday, Aug. 26.

Women’s Equality Day was designated by Congress in 1971 as a day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment. It also sheds light on the current efforts of women toward full equality. While women make up 50 percent of the United States population, only 17 percent of the United States Congress is comprised of women.

 “Women’s empowerment is the heart of our mission and voting is an integral part of that,” said Janet L. Peery, chief executive officer of the YWCA Oklahoma City.  “Voting in this November’s election will be a significant and historical choice for Oklahomans, who will elect the first female governor in state history.”

“The fact that Oklahomans will choose between two women gubernatorial candidates in November makes it even more poignant for women to exercise their voice,” said Peery.

Registration sites are located across the metro area, and include the YWCA’s administrative offices, 15 Oklahoma City BancFirst branches, college campuses and other locations beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26.  A full list of participating partner sites can be found on the YWCA’s website at www.ywca.org/womensequality. The drive will end at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. 



OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. (July 14, 2010) – One in 8 adult women in Oklahoma is forcibly raped at some point during her life. To meet the needs of victims of sexual violence, the YWCA offers a week-long Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training to volunteers wanting to help these women during their greatest time of need.   

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training is July 19-23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and provides education to healthcare providers who interact with victims of sexual assault.  The 40-hour training includes information necessary to become a SANE nurse volunteer. Topics covered during the training include the role of the nurse examiner, rape trauma intervention, overcoming myths of sexual assault, forensic evidence collection and chain-of-custody, rapist typologies and court room testimony. The SANE Training fee is $150 and 40 CEU’s are provided through the University of Oklahoma’s College of Nursing.   

“Women turn to the YWCA for help in the aftermath of very traumatic events,” said Janet L. Peery, chief executive officer of the YWCA, the largest certified domestic violence and sexual assault service provider in central Oklahoma. “This training does more than help our volunteers better serve victims of sexual violence; it helps them understand how lives are changed by these crimes and how nurses can make a difference.”  

Registration is required for training and can be completed online at www.ywcaokc.org or by calling the YWCA at 948-1770. The YWCA performs a background check on all volunteers prior to their work with the agency.  



OKLAHOMA CITY (July 8, 2010) – Three new members and a slate of officers were recently elected to the YWCA Oklahoma City’s Board of Directors. The YWCA is the only shelter for battered women in Oklahoma County and the largest provider of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking services in Central Oklahoma. 

Jacque Bass is the Store Director for Burlington Coat Factory, has served on the Board for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Association and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She has been a member of the YWCA’s Purple Sash Committee since 2009. 

RaLayna Kennedy, a CPA and tax consultant for Chesapeake Energy Corp., has been involved with Calm Waters, the Redbud Classic, and Jr. League of Norman. She is the past president of the Council of Petroleum Accountant Societies and has served on the YWCA’s Purple Sash Committee since 2009. 

Michael Morrison, founder and CEO of Comtech Design Print & Mail, was elected as the Chair of the YWCA Marketing Committee and will serve as an ex officio member of the Board. Morrison has been active with March of Dimes, Children’s Miracle Network and the Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce. 

These members will begin their first terms in July 2010 along with current board members Jill Farrand and Jessica Sherrill, both of whom were appointed to fill vacant seats during the last year.  

In addition, the YWCA’s Board of Directors elected the following officers from the board for the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year: 

  • Chair: Cheryl Borelli, Senior VP with BancFirst.
  • Vice Chair: Lisa Putt, VP with Willis of Oklahoma.
  • Second Vice Chair: Maria Gonzalez, Attorney with McAfee & Taft.
  • Treasurer: Marilyn Chambers, Senior VP and Regional Manager for Arvest Bank.
  • Secretary: Eliana Tedrow, Teacher and Community Volunteer. 

Additional board members include Dianna Berry, Jill Farrand, Linde di Gregorio, Katie Griffin, Becky Howell, Judge Jackie Miller, Barbara Newey, Jessica Sherrill, Ruth Ann Waldo and Mary Whitson. YWCA CEO Janet L. Peery and Immediate Past President Mary Nelson are ex-officio board members. Board members provide oversight of the YWCA, its Chief Executive Officer and help ensure the success of the organization. 


The YWCA’s 2 Minute 5K to be held April 17 

OKLAHOMA CITY (Mar. 31, 2010) — The YWCA’s 2 Minute 5K will be Apr. 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Stars & Stripes Park, 7398 N. Portland in Oklahoma City.  The race coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness month and will raise funds for programs assisting victims in our community. 

“Every 2 minutes a woman is sexually assaulted,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City, referring to the name of the event.  “That is too many women hurt in our state.  This race is a chance for everyone in the community to spread awareness, assist victims and help prevent future attacks.”  

Race day will include the 5K as well as a family fun run and community fair.  The fair includes games and family-friendly activities, free food and live music.  After the race, participants will hear the first hand story of a sexual assault survivor in our community and learn how they can help raise awareness.

Funds raised through the race directly benefit the YWCA’s programs to help victims of sexual assault, including the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program and hospital advocacy.

The YWCA SANE program trains and coordinates volunteer nurses to meet sexual assault victims at the hospital to meet their medical needs and perform a forensic exam to collect evidence.  Hospital advocates, also trained volunteers, provide emotional support and resources for victims during and after the exams. Prevention Education programs are also supported through the event.  

Race registration is available online at www.ywcaokc.org/2minute5k.  Participants can register as a team or individual and set up a personal webpage.  Registration is $25 April 5, then $30 from April 6 through the day of the race.  Check in begins at 8 a.m. on April 17 and the race will begin at 9 a.m.