It's beginning to look a lot like....wait.....that's a little ways off still. However, it is beginning to get to that point of the year where the community rallies around one of our most important resources to protect and defend those who are abused in our community and how we come together to support the cause is truly a Muskegon one of a kind event! Power of the Purse 2020 is happening October 8th! Brace yourself!
Like any other event in 2020 things are a little different. Power of the Purse will be at Fricano's Muskegon Lake location again, but it will be outside under a tent and the attendance will be limited. However...there will be a live stream of all of the fun happening, in more than one place online for you to watch and participate in the event. Stay tuned for details on all the live stuff, but the maximum of the good times will be on site and those tickets are limited to 100, so if you are serious about getting out and enjoying the fun, getting to the Every Woman's Place website would be a great idea right about now.
Yes, all the fun is great, but more important is the purpose. For 45 years, Every Woman's Place of Muskegon has been the beacon of hope for those who have fallen victim to domestic violence. As you'll hear in the video today form Kim Dimmett the Executive Director of Every Woman's Place, the violence stems from control and when the purveyor of the violence feels that they are losing the control, the ugliness rears it's head and the pattern repeats. Yes, Every Woman's Place gives their survivors a shelter from it, but if you saw the video presentation of their 45th Anniversary, it's been so much more. From educating the first responders who answer the call of a domestic violence situation to empowering the survivors to know that what they have experienced is by no means normal or acceptable, their work has been based at the root of the problem, not just the quick fix. It's been the overall approach that's made Every Woman's Place of Muskegon so important to us all.
So, now that you've heard a little more about Every Woman's Place, let's bring in the big guns! Kim Dimmett is the Executive Director and Elisa Hopper is the Director of Development for EWP. We'll learn a little more about their work, those they serve and how Power of the Purse is adapting to 2020 like the rest of us are. Take a listen!
It's a cause so dear to so many. The countless who have been served by Every Woman's Place in 45 years to those who do their part because they know it's the right thing to do. In their printed material, you see so often the quote "Love Shouldn't Hurt". Love should also not mean control or fear or worry about what's next. Every Woman's Place of Muskegon has worked tirelessly for 45 years for all of that and in as much fun as the Power of the Purse event is, the guys who come to participate in it are committed to the mission and the purpose and that's what makes this such an incredible event, and so true to all in Muskegon. To visit the Every Woman's Place website, click on their photo below. Below that, please watch their 45th Anniversary Video talking about their work over the years.