Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Get Scrappy 2010 - YWCA Women's Crisis Center

Get Scrappy is a fundraiser to benefit the YWCA Women's Crisis Center. This year they are welcoming ALL crafters to join the fun and fundraising. This event will be held at the Beech Activity Center in Wichita, KS on March 26 and 27, 2010. Please click on the logo or links provided for more information on the dates, times, and details of the event. Maple Memories is proud to support this effort by donating to the Silent Auction, so be sure to check that out while you are there!

"Get Scrappy" began in 2005 as a memorial to Crystal White, who was killed in a senseless act of domestic violence. Since it's beginning, Get Scrappy has raised over $50,000 for the YWCA Women's Crisis Center. Domestic violence is a tragedy of our times and, unfortunately, with the changes in our economic stability, the instance of violence is increasing. At “Get Scrappy 2009” they discovered that almost half of the attendees had been touched by domestic violence - either personally or through a family member or friend. The primary purpose of “Get Scrappy” is not just another crop. Born out of a personal tragedy affecting their lives, this event is, first and foremost, an event to raise funds to assist victims of domestic violence and an avenue to heighten awareness of this tragic issue in our community.

I hope some of you can make it, but regardless, I encourage you to take a look at their website. Some of the statistics will chill you...Every year 3.3 million children witness their fathers beat their mothers...Studies suggest that one-fifth to one-third of all women will be physically assaulted by a partner or ex-partner during their lifetime (American Medical Association)...63% of prisoners between the ages of 11 and 20 years doing time for homicide killed their mother's batterer. But, YOU CAN HELP! Attend events, volunteer time, donate items, or simply educate yourself AND your children.

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