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Update:

In light of the evolving situation with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we have made the decision to postpone our 18th annual New Beginnings fundraiser until later this year in order to promote a healthy community. We are heeding advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

This fundraiser is incredibly critical to the operation and sustainability of the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter, so we are hopeful for a robust and safe turnout later this year. Local women and children rely on the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter to help them move forward as survivors. Without the success of this fundraiser, the shelter doors are at risk of closing. Please consider attending and supporting this event later this year to ensure that our community does not lose this priceless, life-saving resource.

Thank you for your understanding and all the support you provide. We will maintain timely communication going forward with any event details. Please reach out to MCSA at 563-264-3278 with any questions, comments or concerns.

Respectfully,

New Beginnings Event Committee


MUSCATINE, Iowa—Muscatine County has an incredible resource in the Muscatine Center for Social Action domestic violence shelter. The only shelter of its kind in the county, MCSA Resource Development Officer Jenny Leirness shared that in 2019, the shelter took 581 emergency calls and provided housing and assistance for 87 women and children escaping abusive relationships. On April 4, county residents will have an opportunity to support this community resource by attending MCSA’s 18th annual New Beginnings fundraiser at Geneva Golf and Country Club from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Since the MCSA took over the domestic violence shelter in 2014, Leirness explained it has operated around the clock 365 days a year. In addition to offering a place for women and children who have experienced domestic violence a safe place to stay, the shelter gives everyone who comes there access to on-site counseling, referrals to local resources, and assistance with finding new housing and new jobs. “Along with providing safe and secure housing, the shelter program also helps prepare guests for their new life when they move out and helps teach them coping skills so they may continue to heal and build self-esteem,” said Leirness.

Each year, the New Beginnings fundraiser helps raise much of the money MCSA needs to staff and supply its domestic violence shelter. “This annual fundraiser is crucial in terms of keeping the shelter doors open for women and children fleeing domestic violence,” emphasized Leirness.

A fun and festive event, attendees at New Beginnings will enjoy door prizes, delicious dinners, both a silent and live auction (which includes a one-of-a-kind Isabel Bloom domestic violence awareness purple ladybug garden stone), a 50-50 raffle, a wine pull, and event exclusive purple cocktails. Everyone there will also hear touching testimonials from shelter staff and domestic violence survivors about the importance of maintaining this community resource.

“Attendance is important because it really opens peoples’ eyes and allows them to see all that our domestic violence shelter does,” stressed Leirness: “Mixing in fun raffles and auctions helps lighten the mood, but the presentation and the lasting positive impacts of the shelter are important for people to hear. Attending this fundraiser is a fun night with friends, but attending also provides much needed resources to be able to keep the shelter doors open so that future women and children have a safe place to turn to.”

Tickets for the New Beginnings fundraiser cost $75 apiece and can be purchased both at MCSA at 312 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine or online at www.mcsaiowa.org/dv. As the event usually sells out, Leirness encourages you to purchase your tickets by the registration deadline of March 20.

For those who would like to lend extra support to the New Beginnings fundraiser or cannot attend the event, MCSA will sell a limited number of Isabel Bloom peace fish with their signature purple domestic violence awareness finish. At $20 apiece, Leirness expects them to sell out quickly. As with the tickets, anyone may purchase a peace fish at www.mcsaiowa.org/dv or by stopping in at MCSA.

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