In the United States, abuse is a common statistic. It may show its face in the form of sexual abuse, domestic abuse, verbal abuse or even stalking, but regardless of the mask that it wears; behind it are emotional and physical barriers that must be overcome. The women who bear the burden of such abuse require the proper support and education to move past such tragedies and on with their lives. Women Helping Women has spent the last 39 years providing such services.

Betsy Hendy, Janeen Coyle and Luna Man at last year’s Light Up the Night Gala.

Since opening their doors in 1973, Women Helping Women has provided free 24 hour crisis intervention and support services to women, men and children. The organization offers intervention hot lines, hospital accompaniment, court advocacy as well as support groups. Both employees and volunteers pride themselves on making a difference in their community and supporting the organization’s mission to provide crisis intervention and support services for direct and indirect survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking, and to take a leading role in educating the community to promote awareness and help prevent these types of abuse. The belief is that education and awareness can aid in prevention, and there is no better way to capture a community’s attention than a party with a purpose!

On May 3, 2012, Women Helping Women will be hosting its sixth annual Light Up the Night Gala. The organization will be transforming Elements Conference & Event Centre in Cincinnati, OH into their very own Emerald City and will be transporting their guests to a magical place somewhere over the rainbow. Food and drinks will be provided and entertainment includes the mind blowing beats of the real man behind the curtain, DJ The Luna Man from WGRR-FM, a silent and live auction as well as a Wizard of Oz character look-alike contest. While the entire evening may be set to the fantasy land of Oz, the purpose behind the event is to raise awareness and funds to continue providing support and awareness to the community.

So throw on your ruby slippers and follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City Ball. For the small price of admission you’ll receive more than just an evening of entertainment, you’ll also leave with the awareness that your support will make a vast difference in someone else’s life.

 

For more information on Women Helping Women and the Light Up the Night Gala, visit http://www.womenhelpingwomen.org/events/lutn/