Thanks a million! On Saturday, Nov. 4, SAFE held its annual Gala. Because of our amazing community, the 2017 Gala was our most successful ever! You helped raise $1,028,000 for the kids and families in SAFE’s care.
The big event
Over the course of the night, we heard from SAFE Board Chair Michael Simons, who challenged men to stop the cycle of violence by asking the hard questions and making the necessary changes.
“Today, the majority of the time, it is men harassing, assaulting and trafficking girls and women. So gentlemen, I’m calling on you to help us change this culture. It’s on us, not on the girls and women in our world, to stop what is happening.” — SAFE Board Chair Michael Simons
And a former client of SAFE’s Children’s Shelter, Angel Carroll, gave stunning remarks about her journey.
“I can say with 100 percent certainty that had it not been for the devoted individuals at the Children’s Shelter and individuals like you who support the work they do day in and day out, I would not be standing before you right now. In fact, chances would be greater that I’d be in a penal institution, than an educational institution on the cusp of receiving a college degree.” — Survivor and former SAFE client Angel Caroll
We celebrated and honored Ann Benolken with our annual Guardian Award for her significant contributions to the community. And throughout the night, we enjoyed incredible entertainment from Lex Land and the Austin Community Steelband.
It was a remarkable night. Thank you for helping us make Gala 2017 a record-shattering success!
In a few weeks SAFE invites you and your friends to take part in #GivingTuesday. While many of us will be buying holiday gifts for friends and family during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the day after Cyber Monday is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving to support good work worldwide.
This year, SAFE needs your help to meet our $24,700 #GivingTuesday goal and to spread the word about our expanded SAFEline services. Join us in celebrating 24/7 SAFEline phone, chat, and text services this #GivingTuesday!
- Nov. 28, 2017 – #GivingTuesday
- March 1-2, 2018 – Amplify Austin
- May 3, 2018 – Celebration
- May 12, 2018 – Touch-a-Truck