The Celebration luncheon brings together community leaders and committed SafePlace supporters for a moving and uplifting midday event. It features 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, the event raises more than $300,000 in support of SafePlace programs and services.
Our 2016 Celebration Co-Chairs, Donna Stockton-Hicks and MariBen Ramsey, are recognized community leaders who both have very deep roots with The SAFE Alliance, SafePlace and the predecessor agencies, the Center for Battered Women and the Austin Rape Crisis Center. 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 former recipients of the SafePlace Guardian Award.
The Guardian Award is presented by SafePlace to an individual or organization that has shown an outstanding commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
The 2016 Guardian Award recipient is Karen Bartoletti. 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 1970’s, 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 in many capacities, including Board Member, Governance Chair, and Board Chair. In 2012, she again provided leadership and pro bono legal services when SafePlace joined with the Austin Children’s Shelter to form the SAFE Alliance.
As a multisport athlete, Quan Cosby could be remembered for his performance on many different playing fields, but his passion for philanthropy is what drives him today. Quan began his career as a professional baseball player when he was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in 2001. He then started on the 2005 University of Texas national championship team, kicking off a great career with the Longhorns. He finished his UT career with the game-winning touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl! In 2009, Cosby 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, Quan is a sideline reporter for the Longhorns and active in the local nonprofit community.
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For more information please contact Lauren Zurbrugg, SAFE Director of Development at 512.578.9242 or [email protected].
2016 Celebration Sponsors
Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation
Luci Baines Johnson & Ian Turpin
Still Water Foundation
Flieller, Kruger, Skelton & Plyler, PLLC
Theresa & Rudy Garza
Key Title Group
Lone Star Poolscapes
Carol & Bob May
The Sherrill Family Foundation – Debbie Sherrill Courtney
Women Partners in Health