2019 Community Fundraisers
April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities
Every Tuesday for the month of April wear the color TEAL!
April 2 – 6 PM Proclamation St. Augustine Beach Commissioners – Beach Admin Bldg
April 2 – 9 AM Proclamation St. Johns County Board of Commissioners – County Admin Bldg.
April 4 – 7 PM Take Back the Night – Flagler College Student Center
April 5 – 5 PM Sexual Assault Survivor’s Art Show at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum Flagler College
April 9 – 9 AM Proclamation St. Johns County School Board – School Board Office
April 9 – 11 AM Walking in Her Shoes UNF Auditorium, Jax
April 10 – 7 PM Trauma and Sexual Assault – Flagler College Student Center – Room #TBA
April 1o – 11 AM Informational Tabling Event – Hastings Library
April 13 – 8 AM Run for Peace – Informational Tabling Event – St. Augustine Pier
April 13 – 11 AM – Family Day – Informational Tabling Event – Allegro Senior Living Center
April – Chili’s ‘Good Eats for a Good Cause’ 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 23
Bring your appetite and help support Betty Griffin Center during lunch or dinner on Tuesday, April 23 at the Chili’s location at 215 State Road 312 in St. Augustine — when 20 percent of your ticket for dinner will be donated to our nonprofit agency.
If you plan to take part, please print the Chilis Spirit Night BGC flyer and show it to your waiter or waitress when you pay your check.
Thanks to Chili’s for its support of our work in assisting survivors of domestic and sexual assault in St. Johns County.
April 20 and 26 – Movers for Moms Collection Drive
Thanks to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for selecting Betty Griffin Center as a beneficiary for its Movers for Moms® collection drive, to collect critical gifts to women staying at our shelter.
Check out this video with Betty Griffin Center Event Coordinator Kenlie Kubert about the program!
This year, the Jacksonville moving company worked with The Amp in St. Augustine to collect non-perishable food items for women and their families during the Santana concert on April 20 and the Kelsea Ballerini concert on April 26. Volunteers will be located near the Box Office beginning at 5PM collecting items before patrons enter the venue.
This spring marked the 12th anniversary of Movers for Moms. Since its introduction, the program has expanded nationally to 43 states and more than 300 franchises. Last year was the program’s most successful year to-date, with more than 365,000 items collected for donation to hundreds of shelters across the country. This year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s goal is to collect more than 400,000 items for moms in need across the country.
March – USI Insurance Donation
Thanks to USI Insurance Services LLC and its employees for collecting items for donation to our shelter. While it may appear to be a small amount of products, every donation helps when it comes to products needed at our shelter.
February – Heritage Park Homeowners Association Donation
A call-out to our friends at the Heritage Park Homeowners , who collected items from our wish list for the month. In addition, they also made a monetary donation from a 50-50 raffle.
Above, BGC Development Director Nicole Pece meets meets with some association members to thank them for their assistance.
If your group is interested in helping us with wish list items needed for our shelter program, visit here for details.
January – Mary Kay Foundation Delivers Donation
Local Mary Kay Directors met up with Betty Griffin Center (BGC) staff and board members to make a $20,000 check presentation to the nonprofit agency, which will use the unrestricted foundation grant to support local survivors of domestic violence in St. Johns County.
Pictured above (left to right) are Betty Griffin Center Development Director Nicole Pece, BGC Board Member Patsy Wilson, Mary Kay Sales Directors Karla Pacetti, Joyce East (also a BGC Board Member) and Natalyn Slaughter, Betty Griffin Center CEO Joyce Mahr and BGC Board Member Sam Williams, Director at St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
The Mary Kay Foundation was established in 1996 with the overarching purpose of supporting issues impacting women. In 2000, The Foundation expanded to include ending domestic violence as part of its mission. The Foundation is committed to funding the life-saving work of women’s shelters and the annual shelter grant program has helped finance critical needs including emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and legal aid. All of these resources support women and children as they seek refuge and relief on their journey to an abuse-free life. This year, more than 1,200 organizations applied for the Mary Kay Foundation shelter grants.
“At Mary Kay, we believe in helping women improve their circumstances and live their best lives. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and it is our responsibility to support the women’s shelters that aid these survivors,” said President of The Mary Kay Foundation Board of Directors Michael Lunceford. “At the heart of The Foundation’s work is the shelter grant program which is actively supported by our independent sales force. We’re proud that our commitment makes such a powerful impact in local communities and in the lives of domestic violence survivors across the country.”
According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, more than 72,000 adult and child victims receive domestic violence services across the United States in just one day. Unfortunately, in the same period of time, more than 11,000 requests for services are unmet due to a lack of resources.