Fundraisers to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Fundraisers Designed to Engage Audiences

Three unique experiences in art, fashion, and fun help give violence against women and girls the boot. The Purple Boots Foundation has partnered with local and international organizations to raise funds for the 2015 Motivation & Makeover Conference for Survivors of Domestic Violence. The events are Arts for Action, Fashion for Action and Fun for Action – scheduled for August 22, October 11 and October 30-31 respectively – memorable experiences designed to engage each audience. Proceeds from the fundraisers will help survivors stay engaged in the healing process and aid in the prevention of violence against women and girls.

The series kicks off with Arts for Action on Saturday, August 22 featuring innovative live performances inspired by scenes from the Rimshot Urban Musical – an award-winning stage production designed to bring awareness of human trafficking. Fashion for Action is a tea party and fashion show showcasing the designs of national and international designers and boutiques and will include tea, desserts, live music and a silent auction. The series will close with Fun for Action in the Fantasy House of Fun – a walk-through attraction filled with live actors, visual illusions and other fun surprises on Friday, October 30 through Sunday, October 31.

Karlotta Washington, the foundation’s Executive Director explains, “our organization is committed to addressing the long-term effects of domestic violence. We created this initiative to give survivors the support they need as they reclaim their equilibrium and wholeness.”

According to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime; three women are killed by their partners every day, nationwide; and 74% of Americans know a victim of domestic violence. And even after survivors have escaped, research indicates that many survivors suffer from chronic health problems and long-term psychological problems.

The Purple Boots Foundation will sponsor the Annual Wear Purple Day Event at Mark SQuared Studios on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple, view the Domestic Violence PSA “Controlled”, and participate in a sky lantern release. The Foundation also sponsors a private event at the Motivation and Makeover (MoMa) Conference that honors the survivors of domestic violence with a day of renewal followed by a photoshoot with celebrity photographer, Corey Reese.

Proceeds from the fundraisers will be used to develop the survivors long-term aftercare program, purchase purple boots for the survivors participating in the MOMA conference and procure other items needed for PBF annual events.

The Purple Boots Foundation is not only interested in those most affected by this terrible crime, it also seeks to educate the public about domestic violence and create a greater awareness within the community. If you are concerned about your safety or are worried about a friend or family member, the National Domestic Violence hotline offers a confidential 24-hour hotline you can call anytime to receive information, emotional support, and emergency help: 1-800-799-7233.

About: The Purple Boots Foundation celebrates the resilience of survivors; raises awareness to aid in the prevention of domestic violence and improves aftercare resources for survivors. www.purplebootsfoundation.org

Sponsors: thepositiveartsmovement.com, coreyreesephotography.com, marksquaredstudiosatlanta.com, johariafrica.com, kw2studios.com