FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Raffle Raises $650 to Empower Victims of Domestic Violence and Assault
February 28, 2012— The Central Carolina Jaycees have donated $650 to HAVEN in Lee County. The funds will be utilized to help put a stop to domestic violence and sexual assault. We would like to thank area business and the community for their tremendous support for the “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Valentine’s day raffle.
More than 25 businesses — including Dandalia Bakery, D’Elegance Limos, The Steele Pig, The Flame Steakhouse, Golden Corral, Chick-Fil-A of Sanford, Fat Junior’s, Coty, Body Balance Massage and Bodywork and more — donated prizes, food, and supplies to make the raffle an overwhelming success. To celebrate, the Central Carolina Jaycees and their sponsors treated HAVEN’s residents to a special meal with entertainment by Dave Watson.
“The Central Carolina Jaycees are thankful to the community for helping us provide much needed funds to support the victims and families currently residing at HAVEN,” said project chair, Candace Norris. “Without community members buying raffle tickets and the outpouring of support from local businesses, there’s no way we could’ve put $650 in HAVEN’s hands,” she said.
The HAVEN House provides shelter and support services to many families of domestic violence and assault. With this extra funding, HAVEN will be able to offer additional transportation services to victims, said executive director, Kenosha Davenport. Even better, “the HAVEN residents who participated in the Love Shouldn’t Hurt event still talk about how wonderful their special nights out made them feel,” she said.
“As a group committed to improving life in Lee County, the Central Carolina Jaycees look forward to many more opportunities to work with HAVEN to help end domestic violence and sexual assault,” said chapter president Shannon Shuey. “This is an achievable goal that every civic organization should be committed to,” she said.