At SafePlace, it’s our job to provide stability and promote healing to those who have been through more than most people can imagine. In our line of work, it’s nice to have something uplifting — a celebration.
The 2016 SafePlace Celebration Luncheon is Oct. 6 at the JW Marriott Austin, and like every year, it’s shaping up to be a wonderful event! More information is available here.
What is Celebration?
The Celebration Luncheon brings together community leaders and SafePlace supporters for a moving and uplifting midday meal. We’ll have a keynote speaker, who is a survivor, and the presentation of the annual Guardian Award to an individual or organization that has made supporting SafePlace part of their own mission.
Now in its 10th year, Celebration raises more than $300,000 in support of SafePlace programs and services. It’s an annual expression of support recognizing community leaders, allies, friends, family, survivors, and clients.
What to expect this year
Our keynote speaker is a multisport athlete who finished his Longhorns career at UT with a game-winning touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl.
Quan Cosby could be remembered for his performance on many playing fields, but his passion for philanthropy is what drives him today. Quan began his career as a professional baseball player when the Anaheim Angels drafted him in 2001. From there, he started on the 2005 University of Texas national championship team, kicking off a great career with the Longhorns.
In 2009, Quan began his professional career as an NFL wide receiver, playing with the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Now back in Austin, he is a sideline reporter for the Longhorns and active in the local nonprofit community.
For Celebration 2016, we’ve booked The Mrs, an Austin-based, all-female rock band with a goal to change the way women see themselves. Simply put, they make music to inspire women.
In April, The Mrs announced a partnership with The SAFE Alliance as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The announcement was timed with the release of their music video “Draw the Line,” which has served as a tool for awareness and fundraising with proceeds going to SAFE.
They have new single coming out Oct. 16.
We’re proud to announce Karen Bartoletti as the recipient of the 2016 Guardian Award.
Each year, SafePlace presents the award to an individual or organization that has shown an outstanding commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Karen has had a long, rich journey of service with SafePlace.
A member of the founding Board of Directors of the Rape Crisis Center in the 1970s, Karen – as a partner at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody – later provided pro bono legal services to the center when it merged in 1998 with the Battered Women’s Center to become SafePlace. In recent years, she has served SafePlace as board member, governance chair, and board chair. Karen again provided leadership and pro bono legal services in 2012 when SafePlace joined with the Austin Children’s Shelter to form The SAFE Alliance.
Our 2016 Celebration co-chairs, Donna Stockton-Hicks and MariBen Ramsey, are recognized community leaders who both have very deep roots with SAFE, SafePlace, and predecessor agencies. MariBen is the current chair of the SAFE Foundation and a member of the SAFE Board of Directors. Donna is a former chair of the SafePlace Board of Directors. Both are also recipients of the SafePlace Guardian Award.