Purple Sash Gala to Benefit Women and Children Healing from Violence

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Purple Sash Gala to Benefit Women and Children Healing from Violence

New after SAsh party to raise awareness of sexual assault

OKLAHOMA CITY– YWCA Oklahoma City (YWCA OKC) will host its annual Purple Sash Gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017 at The Criterion, 500 E. Sheridan.  All proceeds from the event will benefit YWCA OKC programs for adult and child victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

“Purple Sash is a night to celebrate survivors of domestic violence while raising funds and awareness for those still fighting to break the cycle of abuse.” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of YWCA Oklahoma City. “It’s an elegant evening filled with hope and promise that one day, domestic violence will be eliminated from our community.”

Chairs for Purple Sash this year are Mary Blankenship Pointer and Jonna Kirschner.  David and Carolyn Nimmo, Sue Ann Arnall and Steve Agee are serving as Honorary Chairs.

New this year is after SAsh, a cocktail-attire event that kicks off as Purple Sash Gala wraps up to keep the party going.  For the young at heart, after SAsh will feature a live band, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as various raffle items. This new after-party event is designed to build awareness about the crime of sexual assault.

“With 25% of all Oklahoma women experiencing rape in their lifetime, it is imperative to begin a dialogue on how this crime can be prevented,” said Karla Docter, YWCA OKC Senior Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response.

Check-in for Purple Sash Gala begins at 6:30 P.M. and the program starts promptly at 7:00 PM. Check-in begins at 9:45 PM for after SAsh. Tickets for the Purple Sash Gala and for after SAsh can be purchased online at www.purplesash.org. Tickets for Purple Sash Gala are $250 for an individual and after SAsh tickets are $30Sponsorship opportunities are still available beginning at $1,500.  Tickets for afterSash are complimentary with the purchase of a Purple Sash Gala ticket.  Tickets for the afterSash party only are $30.

SandRidge Energy is the 2017 Purple Sash Designer of the Year Sponsor, Gift of Hope Sponsors are Lezlie and David Hudiburg, Style Icon Sponsors include the Arnall Family Foundation and Lopez Foods. Other sponsors include, Gulfport Energy, Chickasaw Nation, Dolese, American Fidelity Foundation, Eventures, The Skirvin Hotel, and Great Plains Coca-Cola. For a full list of Purple Sash sponsors, visit www.purplesash.org

For event or sponsorship information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.purplesash.org or contact Sami Grega, Event Director at 405-951-3333.

About the YWCA Oklahoma City

Founded in 1907, YWCA OKC has worked tirelessly on behalf of women and minorities for over a century. YWCA OKC provides a wide array of programs, all reflecting the agency mission to eliminate racism and empower women; YWCA OKC is the only certified domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crisis services agency in Oklahoma County with an emergency shelter. Our programs include emergency and transitional housing, counseling, children’s crisis services, safe watch, victims’ assistance, prevention education, social and economic justice program, advocacy and case management, education and support groups. Additionally, we provide forensic exams for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

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