Local women who are working to build new lives for themselves and their families just received a boost, when the Duvall Civic Club distributed the funds raised from its two recent fundraisers: the Purse Party and the fifth annual Walk 4 Women.
A portion of the money raised went to individual women at Acres of Diamonds, a transitional housing program for homeless women and their children, located in Duvall. The other portion was donated to Lifewire’s hotel/motel stay program, to help give emergency shelter to women and their children. (Lifewire was known formerly as Eastside Domestic Violence.)
"It was a pleasure using community outreach to encourage these women in their struggle to turn their lives around," Walk 4 Women chairperson Maura Van Ness said. "They are setting goals for themselves, and with support, they have the courage to reach those goals. We spent an evening recently with the women at Acres of Diamonds to present the proceeds, in the form of gas cards or bus passes so the residents can get to their jobs and certificates for children’s clothing."
"It was a moving experience," added Civic Club member Kate Brougham. "We heard their stories and met their children. And we learned more about where they’ve come from — the troubles and the challenges — and where they hope to go."
"The money the Civic Club was able to give Lifewire as well can help change lives," Civic Club President Georgene Jones explained. "Lifewire’s hotel/motel emergency stay program gives these women safety at a difficult time."
The key to the success of these fundraisers, both Van Ness and Jones remarked, was the local businesses that stepped forward to help. "We couldn’t have done it without these generous businesses," Jones added.
Contributing to the Purse Party and Walk 4 Women fundraisers were Duvall Auto Parts, Duvall Shell Station, Valley Mail and Locksmith, Emerald Falcon Prints, Duvall Family Drugs, Duvall Family Grocer, Duvall Grill, True Value Hardware, Raven Haven Coaching, DuVall’s Dazzling Designs, Duvall Therapeutic Massage, Houston Barclay, C.P.A., Safeway Store, Ixtapa Restaurant and Match Coffee and Wine, which hosted the Purse Party event.
To find out more about the Walk 4 Women and other fundraising events or about the Duvall Civic Club itself, see www.duvallcivicclub.org.
The fifth annual Walk 4 Women took place along the scenic Snoqualmie Valley Trail in Duvall, where walkers covered all or part of the 13.2-mile half-marathon.
The walk once again this year drew walkers from 8 to 87 years old.
The Walk 4 Women is one of a number of events the Duvall Civic Club sponsors throughout the year to support women in need, fund scholarships for local students, help local library programs and community music events, and the like.
Duvall Civic Club events include participation in the Duvall Christmas tree lighting on December 6, the Civic Club Holiday Fair on December 7, and the Civic Club Plant Sale in May.
The Duvall Civic Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month (except July and August) in the downstairs Rose Room at the old Duvall library.
Visitors and new members are always welcome.