The Strike Out Domestic Violence fundraiser held at Riverwood Golf Resort on Thursday raised more than $2,000 for the Women’s Aid Shelter in Mount Pleasant.
The fundraiser, organized by a PES 320 sports management class at Central Michigan University, featured a bowling tournament along with other activities that helped in raising money for The Women’s Aid Shelter.
The Women’s Aid Service helps in providing domestic violence and sexual assault services to women in Clare, Gratiot and Isabella counties. Its mission is to provide safety and to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assaults by working to eliminate sexual victimization and domestic violence through shelter, treatment, education and social change.
Shelter Manager Dawn Jevicks said she was impressed with the fundraiser and that every person she came into contact with at the event was excited to help.
“I cannot express how impressed I was with the fundraiser that the PES 320 class put together at their … bowling tournament, especially in such a short amount of time,” Jevicks said. “They had a great turnout.”
Jevicks said that, without help from the community, it would be difficult for WAS to remain active.
“Women’s Aid Service could not maintain our level of service without the assistance of our communities dollars,” Jevicks said. “Each individual, group, class, organization, and business that helps us through donations and fundraising aids in the intervention and prevention of domestic violence is greatly appreciated.”
The funds go toward purchasing groceries for the women and children and helping to cover prescription costs, personal care items, bus tickets and gas cards, as well as toward the general operation of the facility.
Jaimie Capen, who helped organize the event along with her classmates, said the event went smoothly.
“I thought the event went great,” Capen said. “It always feels good to help out people who are struggling, especially those right here in your community. Everyone who came out to support the cause was having fun.”
WAS also provides women and children with support groups and opportunities to receive counseling and has a 24-hour information and crisis hotline available.