FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2012
Amanda Weiss McComas
THE MARY KAY FOUNDATIONSM AWARDS BRANCHES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER
$20,000 GRANT FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS
Huntington, WV (October 1, 2012)— Branches Domestic Violence Shelter, a local shelter serving Cabell, Mason, Putnam, Wayne, & Lincoln counties received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay FoundationSM. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay FoundationSM awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.
Branches will use the grant to provide critical support for its shelter renovation projects.
Amanda Weiss-McComas, Development Coordinator at Branches, said “We are so thankful to The Mary Kay Foundation and proud to receive this funding to help make a difference at our shelter. This grant will be used for much needed renovations that our aging shelter needs to continue daily operations, allowing us to provide emergency shelter as well as case management, legal advocacy, and counseling for victims of domestic violence and their children.”
“The Mary Kay FoundationSM is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.” said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President of Government Relations and board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “Through our grants, we honor and support shelters across the country that are having a profound impact for women and children in their communities. Since 2000, we have granted $31 million to help domestic violence shelters meet their critical needs and support their ongoing community efforts.”
About The Mary Kay FoundationSM
The Mary Kay FoundationSM was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, visit marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).