April 2, 2022

I’m getting out my crystal ball and looking into the future. No, I’m not a psychic nor am I the Great Carnac (I realize that reference may be lost on some) however, I can see something really good happening on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

I know what you’re thinking–Tony, what could be so important about that day that is worth sharing with all of us? Well my friends, I am happy to report that as far I can see (again via my crystal ball) the New Beginnings fundraiser supporting the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter will be held on that date!

You see, COVID has canceled the last two years of fundraisers that help keep the shelter’s doors open. The last time New Beginnings was held was April of 2019 and I’m happy to share that it was a sold out event that raised over $60,000 (in one night) for the shelter and their life-saving efforts here in Muscatine.

Readers of this column know by now just how passionate I am about the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter. I’ve asked you, directly and indirectly, to consider making a donation to ensure their doors are able to remain open.

I’m also aware that talking about domestic violence can be uncomfortable. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best at having conversations about uncomfortable topics, but the fact that there are women and children fleeing domestic violence in the middle of the night in my community lights a fire in my belly that helps me overcome any discomfort surrounding the conversation.

Folks, we need the shelter (which is really a home) to remain a part of Muscatine. We need April 2, 2022, to happen so that the New Beginnings fundraiser can take place (safely of course) and raise money and awareness for the shelter. My hope is that I’m celebrating the success of the fundraiser in this space one year from now.

I should clarify that I do not really have a crystal ball, nor can I 100% guarantee that the New Beginnings fundraiser will take place next April 2, 2022. So many things can happen over the course of a year. I promise you that I will remain positive and optimistic that it will. I can also use my platform to continue raising awareness for the incredible work they do.

People like their shelter coordinator, Judy Yates, are quite literally superheroes. Judy and her staff have helped hundreds (if not more) of women and their families over the years. To support the efforts of the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter, please visit www.MCSAIowa.org. You can donate securely from their website. You’re also able to mail checks to MCSA, 312 Iowa Avenue. Just make sure the checks clearly indicate that they are for the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter. You’re also able to contact MCSA and see if the shelter needs any supplies. Thank you for reading, and let’s keep doing the right things so that we can gather together next April 2, 2022!