Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid, an Oak Ridge native, will be the featured speaker at a YWCA event next week.
It’s the second Talk and Toast for the YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley, and it will be on Thursday, October 10, in honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The public is invited, a press release said.
Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday, and the program will start at 6 p.m. at the Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road in Oak Ridge.
A $40 seat will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer or wine, and an intimate discussion with Reid, the press release said.
Reid will share excerpts and discuss her award-winning opera “p r i s m,” which confronts the difficult topic of sexual and emotional abuse. Immediately following her talk, YWCA Chief Executive Officer Alizza Punzalan-Randle will moderate a panel discussion with YWCA staff and victim advocates on the topic of domestic violence, the press release said.
In 2018, the Oak Ridge Police Department reported 235 domestic violence-related offenses, and across the state of Tennessee there were 73,408 victims of domestic violence as reported by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the press release said.
The YWCA served 1,102 victims of domestic violence last year and will continue to say, “We believe you!” to victims and survivors, the release said.
It said the YWCA will be hosting different events throughout the month of October as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and more information can be found at https://ywcaknox.com/dvam/.
The Talk and Toast on October 10 wouldn’t be possible without the support from empowering sponsor Jean-Francois Reat, the press release said.
Reserve a seat for $40 online at www.ywcaknox.com/talk-toast or by calling Rachel Haverkamp at (865) 523-6126.
About YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley
YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley, a nonprofit social service agency founded in 1899, has been offering domestic violence services in Oak Ridge and Anderson County since 2015. In early 2017, the former YWCA of Oak Ridge building was acquired by the YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley. The grand re-opening of the renovated building was held in October 2018. Agency wide, the YWCA serves more than 11,000 women, youth, and families annually through transitional housing for women, advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, youth programming, and health and wellness opportunities. Service areas include Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, Roane, and Sevier counties in Tennessee.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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