Peace Breakfast Inspires Business Leaders
CASA Peace Breakfast Inspires $140,000 in Contributions to Aid Domestic Violence Survivors
City of St. Petersburg Names “Domestic Violence Survivors Remembrance Day” in Honor of the Event
December 15, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL- With increased awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence within our community, CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) celebrated their 19th Annual Peace Breakfast at the St. Petersburg Coliseum on December 10, 2015. At the event, keynote speakers Aaron and Emily Steed threw down a challenge to the audience: use your businesses’ unique talents to support CASA’s domestic violence shelter in creative ways.
The audience responded with great applause after Aaron Steed, CEO of Meathead Movers, described how his company donates services to women escaping a dangerous home. One company in attendance was so moved by the example that they pledged $12,500 in products towards CASA’s 100+ bed domestic violence center. In total, approximately $140,000 in cash, products and services is expected to be raised through the event and related activities. The donations will be used to save thousands of lives, provide shelter to victims and their children, and conduct violence prevention programs in the school system so that there may one day be a generation free from domestic violence.
“My wife and I were truly humbled by the opportunity to speak to so many business people about giving back to the community,” said Steed. “By joining CASA for this impactful event, we hope we were able to encourage and inspire guests to figure out the best way to donate products and services to organizations in need.”
2015 Victory Over Violence Award Recipient Announced
At the event, Sheila King was named 2015 John E. Stross "Victory Over Violence" award recipient for her tireless efforts on behalf of CASA and the movement against domestic violence.
Sheila King has played a leadership role within CASA since 2008, through work on its Board of Trustees and Board of Directors. Generous with contributions of time, effort and capital, she is a vital advocate for domestic violence survivors. In addition to her work with CASA, Sheila is the Vice President, Co-Portfolio Manager for Fixed Income at Eagle Asset Management, a division or Raymond James.
Sheila is an inspiration to us all and CASA is proud to count her as one of its most active supporters.
Despite the generous contributions CASA received at the Peace Breakfast, their newly expanded operations require additional support to maintain its breadth of services. Last July CASA opened its new domestic violence center, which currently houses nearly four times as many residents as their previous facility. New programs were developed for the more than 50 children in residence and enhanced support programs and career services were been established for adults.
CASA’s greatest current needs include food, winter clothing and children’s items such as diapers, car seats and strollers. Their continually updating list of needs can be accessed through their website at www.casa-stpete.org/wishlist. Individuals interested in providing monetary donations or their company’s services are encouraged to do so online at www.casa-stpete.org/donate or contact Tuesdi Dyer at 727-895-4912 x114.
PROCLAMATION FROM CITY OF ST PETERSBURG
Acting Executive Director, CASA
CASA, Community Action Stops Abuse, has been providing lifesaving services to women, men, and children living with domestic violence since 1977. For more than 35 years, the community has relied on CASA to provide a safe refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, prevention, professional training, outreach, and community education to end domestic violence and bring hope, independence and peace to families in southern Pinellas county.
CASA’s vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place. CASA’s mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.