Saddle up for a good cause
by Sally Litchfield
MDJ Feature editor
sallylit@bellsouth.net
January 09, 2013 12:00 AM | 1945 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Boots, Bluejeans and Country Music chairman Barry Morgan, 100+ Women Academy Member Diane Webb, chairman Vic Reynolds, event coordinator Babe Atkins-Byrne and chairman Bill Byrne look forward to Saturday's fourth annual event held by the 100+ Women Against Domestic Violence at Jim R. Miller Park. <br>Staff/Laura Moon
From left, Boots, Bluejeans and Country Music chairman Barry Morgan, 100+ Women Academy Member Diane Webb, chairman Vic Reynolds, event coordinator Babe Atkins-Byrne and chairman Bill Byrne look forward to Saturday's fourth annual event held by the 100+ Women Against Domestic Violence at Jim R. Miller Park.
Staff/Laura Moon
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 The event benefits the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. Contributions to attend are $35 per person or $50 per couple. All proceeds benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.
The event benefits the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. Contributions to attend are $35 per person or $50 per couple. All proceeds benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.
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From left, Morgan,  Webb, Bill Byrne, Atkins-Byrne and Reynolds look forward to Saturday's fourth annual event held by the 100+ Women Against Domestic Violence at Jim R. Miller Park.  The event benefits the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. Contributions to attend are $35 per person or $50 per couple. All proceeds benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.
From left, Morgan, Webb, Bill Byrne, Atkins-Byrne and Reynolds look forward to Saturday's fourth annual event held by the 100+ Women Against Domestic Violence at Jim R. Miller Park. The event benefits the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. Contributions to attend are $35 per person or $50 per couple. All proceeds benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.
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You can’t say no to 100+ women. So pull on your cowboy boots, grab your hat and get ready to support the 4th Annual 100+ Women Against Domestic Violence, FUNraiser ― Boots, Bluejeans & Country Music hosted by YWCA of Northwest Georgia. The event is Saturday at Jim R. Miller Park at 6 p.m.

The evening’s festivities, chaired by Bill Byrne, District Attorney Vic Reynolds and Solicitor General Barry Morgan, includes the Bill Atkins Band, featuring Pat Head and Radio Hall of Fame and Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame Member Rhubarb Jones. Dinner will be provided by Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q.

Contributions to attend are $35 per person or $50 per couple. All proceeds benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.

The vision of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, established in 1917, is to create a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault. Serving primarily Cherokee, Cobb and Paulding counties, the organization provides programs and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“This fundraiser is important because the YWCA offers the only domestic violence shelter in the County, as well as transitional housing for up to 24 months, legal advocates to help with temporary protective orders, medical services to assault victims, counseling and support groups for as long as needed and a 24-hour crisis line,” said Babe Atkins-Byrne, who has organized the event for four years.

The event also educates the public about important work the YWCA does for the community.

“We feel that the awareness that this fundraiser gives to the YWCA is invaluable because not everyone knows about the YWCA and what it offers,” said Atkins-Byrne, who recently retired after working for Cobb Superior Court Judge George Kreeger for 34 years.

Awareness is crucial to the YWCA to carry out its mission.

“When 1 in 4 women are potentially a victim of domestic violence (and one in 33 men in their lifetimes), which is about 88,000 women in Cobb County, that’s a large group of women. To bring awareness through this event and also come and have a great time, as well as supporting the mission of the YWCA is incredible,” said Atkins-Byrne, a west Cobb resident who is married to Bill Byrne.

Sponsorship opportunities are available from $250 to $1,000. For sponsorship and tickets, contact Babe Atkins-Byrne at (770) 425-8122 or babeatkinsbyrne@gmail.com. For tickets, you can also contact any of the 100+ Women.

For details on the YWCA’s programs and services, or how to be part of the solution, contact (770) 427-2902 or visit www.ywcanwga.com. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call (770) 427-3390.

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Confused??
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January 10, 2013
..."The vision of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, established in 1917, is to create a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault."...

According to the new sign on Henderson Street, the primary vision of the YWCA is "to eliminate racism".

Which is it?

Luek
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January 09, 2013
I hate to be rude but how about the male victims of domestic violence? They just don't count I suppose?
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