FASHION WITH A PASSION RAISES $130,000 FOR SAFE HARBOR

March 11, 2014

black and white photo of the crowd at our fashion show - the room is packed with people

On Thursday, March 6, over 450 guests gathered at the Poinsett Club for an evening of unforgettable fashion, food, and fun benefiting Safe Harbor.  Guests enjoyed exciting silent and live auctions, and the runway show featured the latest Spring styles from local boutiques including: Copper Penny, Monkees of the West End, Muse Show Studio, Petals Boutique, Pink Bee, Savvy, Southern Tide, Vestique, Wisteria Salon and the Safe Harbor Resale Shop.  Kay Davis, a Safe Harbor supporter and survivor of domestic violence, shared her story of hope with the crowd.

Through Safe Harbor’s 2014 Fashion with a Passion event, $130,000 was raised for Safe Harbor’s mission, vastly exceeding its 2013 fundraising total of $80,000. Safe Harbor would like to express thanks to its 2014 Fashion with a Passion planning committee, sponsors, boutiques, auction donors and guests.

2014 Fashion with a Passion Planning Committee – Renee Dunlap (Event Chair), Suzanne Manning (Auction Chair), Ann Bible Batson, Lori Coon, Tracy Daves, Misty Hardaway, Kelly Holder, Kristen Jenny, Julie Jenson, Brooke Kellett, Jenny Kramer, Courtnay Laws, Tiffany Martin, Caroline Mahaffey, Susan Spitzer, Becky Callaham & Julie Meredith

2014 Fashion with a Passion Sponsors:

Lead Corporate Presenting Sponsor- Greenville Health System

Small Business Presenting Sponsor – Kathryn Williams & Tom Ervin

Corporate Presenting Sponsor – Verizon Wireless

Runway Sponsor – Southwest Airlines

Red Carpet Sponsors – Ahead Start and Big “O” Dodge

Media Sponsor – TOWN Magazine

Trendsetter Sponsors – Carolinas Wealth Management & Highlands Center for Women

Fashion Police Sponsors –Greenville Oral Surgery, PA. & River Falls Oral Surgery, Greenville Pediatric Dentistry, Monkees of the West End

Fashionista Sponsors – BB&T, Laurens Electric Cooperative, Risk Insurance Management Services, Shaw Flooring

Gem Sponsor – Llyn Strong Fine Jewelry

Printing Sponsor – Pre-Sort Plus

Champagne Sponsor – P. Simpsons Hometown Grille

DJ Sponsor – The Party Man (http://party-man.com/)

Photography Sponsors – Justin Lingle at 6 Romeo Studios and Jennifer Boozer

In-Kind Sponsors – Bow Tie Benefit Auctions, Bubbly Blow Dry Bar, Pomp Salon, Roots/4 Rooms, TapSnap, Upside with Kimberly Kelly, Wisteria Salon & Spa

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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