The Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence held its annual Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon Wednesday (Oct. 19th) at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
Robert Dalton, Executive Director, presented awards to several groups and individuals who have been proactive in helping victims of domestic violence.
The Volunteer of the Year Award winner was Cecily Molyneaux. Cecily, a longtime supporter of the Coalition helps out 2-3 days a week at Amy’s Closet, even when she’s not on the schedule. Cecily is also heavily involved with the Cowan’s Ford Country Club Diggers and Duffers, another longtime supporter of the Coalition.
The Friends of Amy’s House award winner was the Verdict Ridge Ladies Golf Association. Each year, the group holds a golf tournament to benefit the Coalition as well as the Avon Foundation, which works to fight breast cancer. Members of the group also volunteer both at Amy’s Closet and Amy’s House and make other donations.
The People Helping People Award winner was Robin Smith, owner and marketing director of Lake Norman Jeep-Chrysler-Dodge-RAM.
The Leadership Award was presented to Delane Clark, who has served as Board President and Vice President on different occasions and as interim Executive Director.
The Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence was organized in 1993. Best known for Amy’s House – the shelter for men, women, and children who are victims of domestic violence, the Coalition also provides a variety of services to domestic violence survivors including court and legal assistance, support groups, financial management classes, transportation, job skills, and referrals for housing, counselling and job placement. The goal of the Coalition is to be able to provide every victim of domestic violence the tools and opportunities needed to start a new life free of domestic violence. The Coalition served over 200 men, women, and children last year.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence reminds that domestic violence hurts everyone. The Coalition operates a 24-hour domestic violence crisis line at 704-736-1224 providing information about domestic violence services and assisting domestic violence victims in taking a first step to move beyond domestic violence situations.
Dalton told the gathering, “Domestic violence is an issue in our community which affects men, women, and children from every walk of life. It is a near certainty that everyone in our county – whether we realize it or not – knows someone who is a victim of domestic violence. The goal of the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to provide hope and a path toward a violence-free life to every domestic violence victim.”
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