6th Annual Survivors' Luncheon
The 6th Annual Survivors' Luncheon was a success. Check out the gallery to see the pictures that capture amazing moments. Our goal is always to encourage survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, raise awareness, provide resources, and make new connections. There were 70 in attendance. This was our first in-person event since the pandemic. Women came from all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. There were advocates from the Family Place, Unsilenced Voices, Genesis Women's Shelter & Support, Families to Freedom, ARISE, Int'l, Silent Screams, We Are Survivors, the Dallas County DA' office, and the DeSoto City Council. It was wonderful to be together with survivors and those who advocate for them. Here is a comment from one of our attendees. "Yesterday was awesome! So many are blessed by the support and connections you provide to hurting women caught up in domestic violence! What you do is urgently needed! Keep up the God ordained work that you are doing in making our women aware of help, support, deliverance, and rescue through so many agencies by God's grace!"
So, at Annie's Gifts of Love Charitable Foundation Inc., we will continue to do good works, by God's grace, for His glory and the benefit of others. Join us in the fight when you give. Donations are always encouraged. It is our pleasure to host such an important event.
Special thanks to Stephanie J. Bond, Keynote Speaker for sharing snapshots of her powerful testimony of being traumatized and bankrupted by her husband, Sharon Hill (Emcee), Celeste Gardiner (Musical guest), and Advocates, Cassandra Wesley, Gwendolyn Jones, Sarah Nejdl, and Attorney Carla Bean. Special thanks to DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor for written words of welcome and inspiration that reminded us that the fight cannot be done by one entity. It is something that needs the support of the entire community. As written in her letter, in the words of Henry Ford, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success?" Thanks for standing with us to help eradicate domestic violence one survivor at a time. To God be the glory!
5th Annual Survivors' Luncheon
The 5th Annual Survivors' Luncheon (Virtual Event) held on May 8, 2021 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Duncanville, TX, was incredible as we celebrated 5 years of ministry. This event was designed to honor survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault and support advocacy agencies that touch these issues. God was glorified and we were inspired and motivated as Mrs. Debra Nixon-Bowles shared snapshots of her amazing journey with passion and transparency. Community advocates: Dr. Wanda McKinley, Dr. Marian Escamilla and Attorney Carla Bean were recognized for outstanding advocacy. They provided insight into the incredible work that they do to help survivors and raise awareness in the fight against domestic violence. Comedian Vickie Carter shared a God-dose of comedy for our soul. Dr. Renee Fowler added the final touch to this event with her wonderful summation and closing benediction. Special thanks to our emcee Mrs. Sharon Hill, narrator Ms. Hadassah Farris, and the videography team for helping to create a first-class event. Praise God for the opportunity to encourage and support survivors and raise awareness. To Him be the glory!
4th Annual Survivors' Luncheon
It was an honor to host the 4th Annual Survivors' Luncheon on May 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Duncanville, TX. This is our way of helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and other non-profit agencies that touch these issues. God was glorified and we were inspired as the Honorable Faith Johnson shared snapshots of her journey with power and passion, and Dena Crecy, Sara Nejdl, Gwendolyn Jones, Silk LittleJohn, and Haroldlyn Murray (all advocates for survivors) shared their amazing work in the community to provide help, hope and healing for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. In addition, special thanks to Sharon Hill, Celeste Gardiner, and the following volunteers: Lisa Brown, Shenese Giles, and Majeedah Murad for their impeccable service during the luncheon. It was a great day. Let us continue to do good works, by God's grace, for His glory and for the benefit of others.