A Record Crowd at the True Grit Oyster Roast

October 1, 2015

The rain couldn’t dampen the lively atmosphere at the True Grit Oyster Roast, held on Sunday, September 27th, at The Community Tap. More than 400 guests came out to support Safe Harbor, where they enjoyed oysters, bar-b-que, live music, and a silent auction. Thanks to our sponsors, planning committee, volunteers, and guests who raised $50,261 on behalf of Safe Harbor’s mission.

A special thanks is due to the team at The Community Tap, especially Anna Okupinski. The Community Tap is a great community partner of Safe Harbor, providing a venue and beverage service for the Oyster Roast as well as volunteers.

2015 True Grit Oyster Roast Planning Committee

Amy Fleishmann, Andrea Hopkins, Angie Pryor, Bobbie Joe Seaborn, Brenda Dewatcher, Chris Pryor, Fredie Dewatcher, Julie Jensen, Mari Weast, Nikki Jordan, Renee Dunlap, Anna Okupinski, Ryan Rosenfeld, Tommy Flinn, and Karen Watt.

2015 True Grit Oyster Roast Sponsors

Title Sponsor: The Community Tap

Munaco, Kenlin Corporate, Human Technologies, INC, OnPoint Accounting, Southern First Bank, BB&T, Spirit Communications, Ethox Chemicals, Southwest Airlines, World Acceptance, Palmetto Technology Group, Wood Forest Bank, Rosenfeld Einstein, QuikTrip, Barrett Mackenzie, LLC, George Johnson Insurance, Kravet Fabrics, NSC-SCS, and Kohl’s

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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