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The month of April proved to be extremely busy and successful. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the CVC engages the greater community in prevention efforts and awareness to coincide with the national theme of “Engaging New Voices”. Key leaders and community organizations, groups and businesses can facilitate crucial conversations with folks who have not been traditionally reached by the anti-violence movement.

The month’s festivities kicked off with the Fayette County Commissioners signing and reading the Sexual Assault Awareness proclamations. The Honorable President Judge John F. Wagner, Jr. joined in by declaring Denim Day at the Fayette County courthouse and permitting employees to wear their denim. Other county agencies stood up for the cause decked out in their denim while the Fayette County Behavioral Health Agency also made a generous donation.

One of the most successful campaigns was the observance of Denim Day on April 26th. The CVC appreciated the participation of various local banks that promoted this event and also raised some unexpected funds for the CVC. A very special heartfelt appreciation to First Federal Savings & Loans Association of Greene board and employees who went above and beyond in their exemplary support and $1,000 generous donation. United Bank also demonstrated their support and employees made a charitable donation. First National Bank collected an abundance of office supplies for the CVC wish list while the employees of the United Federal Credit Union wore denim and promoted the event with flyers in their windows.

Local police officers wore teal ribbons while various businesses throughout the county took part in the activities by displaying hand cards and coffee sleeves with vital information for victims.

The CVC staff canvassed the community with various speaking engagements and a special broadcast on the WMBS radio afternoon talk show.

The month’s festivities concluded with a fun night at the Titlow Tavern and Grille where local real estate agencies took part in a Celebrity Bartender to help enhance awareness and raise funding for the CVC. Our sincere appreciation to SWC Properties, Coldwell Banker Laurel Ridge Realty, Howard Hanna Myers Real Estate, everyone who donated items for the auction and all who attended and helped to raise over $1900.00.

The CVC was humbled by the support and generosity of all the community organizations and businesses that contributed in playing a vital role in promoting healing and support for victims and families in their journey to becoming survivors. Together we can accomplish so much!