Champion boxer to speak at domestic violence event
Boxing champion and domestic violence survivor Maureen Shea will speak tonight (Thursday, Oct. 15) at an event dubbed “Taking the Punch Out of Domestic Violence,” hosted by transitional living facility The City Center in Ventura.
Each year, more than 4 million women experience domestic abuse by their partners, according to The City Center Executive Director Jim Duran, and one-third of the homeless women and children in Ventura County are “homeless trying to escape from domestic abuse in their homes.”
“The City Center is committed to assisting these broken families and rebuilding lives,” said Duran. “The goal is to raise $10,000 to renovate and dedicate a ‘Purple Room’ specifically to house a family in need.”
Shea will give a speech on how she survived and escaped domestic violence in her own home and turned her life around to become a championship boxer. Residents of The City Center, as well as a committee member, will also talk.
General admission is free. A VIP party ticket is $25 and includes a meet-and-greet with Shea, as well as beverages, appetizers and entertainment. The event begins tonight (Thursday, Oct. 15) at 6:30 p.m. at the TRC Conference Center, 859 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.TheCityCenter.org.
FOOD Share Ventura County kicks off Tackle Hunger Campaign
Ventura County FOOD Share’s annual Tackle Hunger Campaign, a four-month-long undertaking to raise funds for the program and awareness of the county’s families in need, kicks off today with a breakfast and tour of the Dole Packaged Foods facility in Westlake Village.
Brad Bartlett, president of Dole Packaged Foods and chairman of the Tackle Hunger Campaign and the annual CAN-Tree Campaign, will be one of several speakers and will lead the tour.
Bartlett and attendees will discuss FOOD Share’s efforts to feed the growing number of hungry families throughout Ventura County through the remainder of the year and how Dole, in partnership with FOOD Share, can assist.
Between 75,000 and 80,000 families are fed through the 194 pantry partners throughout Ventura County every year, says FOOD Share President and CEO Bonnie Atmore, who adds that the campaign that hosts the Lexus Lace-Up charity run in November and the CAN-Tree Collection in December is a way for county residents to get involved in helping their community.
“They like to hold faith in the idea that if they do this it will translate into ensuring that somebody is not going to go hungry,” said Atmore.
Atmore says that Dole will also produce a series of educational videos for FOOD Share on how to get the most out of items received from the pantries.
For more information on the Tackle Hunger Campaign, visit www.foodshare.com.