Celebration of Hope to help victims of domestic violence

Published: Sep. 3, 2015 at 2:22 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2015 at 6:58 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence during her lifetime.

Last year in Columbus, police responded to more than 3,400 domestic violence calls. Those staggering statistics come from officials at Hope Harbour, a local domestic violence shelter.

The group has announced its annual fundraising event called "Celebration of Hope," to be held Thursday, September 17 at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.

"This annual luncheon helps tell Hope Harbour's story," says Board President Bonnie Kennedy.

The speaker for this year's event will be New York Times bestselling author, Leslie Morgan Steiner. Steiner's memoir "Crazy Love" is about surviving domestic violence in her first marriage.

"At 22, Steiner seemed to have it all: good looks, a Harvard diploma, and a glamorous job in New York City plus a handsome, funny boyfriend who adored her. But behind her façade of success, this golden girl hid a dark secret. She'd made a mistake shared by millions: she fell in love with the wrong person," Kennedy said.

Hope Harbour's Executive Director Lindsey Reis says the shelter and crisis line gives thousands of individuals and families affected by domestic violence the critical support and resources needed to help them rebuild their lives.

Reis says events like Celebration of Hope help drive funds so desperately needed to help victims of domestic violence move toward safe futures. News Leader 9's Barbara Gauthier will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event, which is open to the public.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m.  Reservations are required.

Tickets can be purchased now through September 11 for $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. Large baskets filled with wonderful items will be raffled off.

Tickets are $1 each available for purchase from any Board or Auxiliary member or at the luncheon with all proceeds benefiting victims of domestic abuse.   For ticket or event information visit or call Lindsey Reis at (706) 256-0238.

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