Breaking the Silence Gala and Awards – Nominate Domestic Violence Advocates

The Zonta Club of Charleston is now accepting nominations for individuals and organizations making a difference in lives of domestic violence victims. Winners will be announced at the First Annual Breaking the Silence Gala and Awards on January 22, 2011 at the Harbour Club located in downtown Charleston.

The event is hosted by the Zonta Club of Charleston and Liza’s Lifeline. Nominations for our First Annual Breaking the Silence Awards are accepted in the following categories: Best in Media, Best in Business, Best Volunteer and Best Professional. Liza’s Lifeline Person of the Year for lifelong achievement will be selected by the board of Liza’s Lifeline and announced at the event. The key note speaker is Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, a tough prosecutor for Charleston and Berkeley Counties in South Carolina.

In 2006, South Carolina ranked number one nationally in the number of women killed by male intimate partners. Domestic violence has become a crisis in South Carolina. The office of Attorney General has named it the number one crime problem in our state. Zonta set out to create an annual award program that each year will recognize those who are putting their lives on the line and are truly devoted to making a difference in lives of domestic violence victims.

For some this involvement means risking their lives by answering domestic disturbance calls, others fight their battle in the court rooms. For most parts, these individuals are not recognized for their tireless work and we want to rectify that. We also encourage business and organizations to step up and compete for honors.

Nominees whose efforts made a difference in preventing domestic violence or those who work with domestic violence victims as well as organizations that are making difference should be nominated by October 1, 2010. Send completed nomination forms to Zonta Club of Charleston, P.O. Box 40548, Charleston, SC 29423. The forms can be downloaded from www.zontaofcharleston.com and emailed to info@zontaofcharleston.com. For more information, please call 843-345-3275.

Zonta’s mission is to stop violence, and to improve lives of women through a variety of international service projects. In 2008-2010, Zonta International will fund service programs in Rwanda (Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV), in Guatemala and El Salvador (Safe Cities for Women), in Liberia (Reduction of Obstetric Fistula). The local chapter is devoted to prevention of domestic violence in the Greater Charleston Area. The club meets once a month at The Harbour Club in downtown Charleston. Zonta membership is by invitation.

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Nearly 31,000 members belong to 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 66 countries. Amelia Earhart became a member of Zonta in 1928.

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