EmPower Your Purse

Women Helping Women

LWRWC Supports Hope Family Services at Empower Your Purse Fundraiser Luncheon

On Friday, October 14, 2016, in a strong show of support for Hope Family Services (one of  LWRWC’s adopted charities) and their efforts to protect women and their families from the devastation of domestic violence, a contingency of ladies from the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club were front at center at Empower Your Purse Fundraiser Luncheon held in the Fete Ballroom at the Polo Grill.

L-R, Shirley Taradash,LWRWC Pres, Patti Wrobel, LWRWC Past Pres, Laurel Lynch, Hope Family Services Director, Monika Templeman, LWRWC Vice Pres

L-R, Shirley Taradash,LWRWC Pres, Patti Wrobel, LWRWC Past Pres, Laurel Lynch, Hope Family Services Director, Monika Templeman, LWRWC Vice Pres

Approximately 300 women filled the ballroom at this powerful event, co-sponsored by Hope Family Services and the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), to proactively support life changing services for women in our community who were victims of domestic violence. These services provide women the opportunity to physically and emotionally heal, gain strength, find safety and acquire the skills and tools they need to become financially independent and empowered.

The luncheon was delightful and uplifting with good food, great comradery, exciting raffle prizes and wonderful purses for sale to raise money for this crucial cause.

The most moving part of the event, however, was listening to the eloquent and very courageous speaker who shared her personal story of her transition from terror to triumph as she and her three children overcame the physical and emotional trauma of domestic abuse.

Attendees collectively shared her trauma as she described the nightmare of witnessing her ex-husband viciously attack and almost kill her 13 year old daughter and how she and her children lost everything when they escaped.

They also shared her tears of joy as she explained how was able to experience remarkable success in her personal and professional life and provide her children with a safe and healthy environment in which to thrive, thanks to the invaluable help, love and support that they received from Hope Family Services and the WRC!

Every woman in attendance at the luncheon donated a new or very gently used purse to help a woman in our community, because something as small as a nice handbag can make a big difference! Never under estimate the power of women helping women!