2019-2020 Community Fundraisers

2020 Community Fundraisers

January – Mary Kay Team Donates Nearly $9,000 in Product to Betty Griffin Center for Shelter Participants

The Mary Kay Foundation’s mission is to End Domestic Violence, and more than once the foundation has made cash donations directly to the Betty Griffin Center.

“Because of that mission, we want to do what we can on a local level,” said Karla Pacetti, Mary Kay Independent Senior Sales Director. “Every year we donate Mary Kay products of skin care, body care and color cosmetics. We understand what a difference those items are for a woman who is rebuilding her life and her self worth.”

Through 2019,  Pacetti’s unit donated $8,700 in products to the organization. Pacetti was joined by Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants Wanda Brinson White, Lenora Newsome, Renee Greene, Christine Shelley, Sandi Hunsuckle, Vivian Wilson and Vickie Seaholm in making the donation.

(Left to Right) Mary Kay Independent Sales Consultant Sandi Hunsuckle, Senior Sales Director Karla Pacetti, along with sales consultants Vivian Wilson, Lenora Newsome and Wanda Brinson White were among a team of consultants that donated nearly $8,700 in product to Betty Griffin Center.

Thanks go out to Karla and her team for their continued support for Betty Griffin Center.



2019 Community Fundraisers

June – Sponsor Beaver Toyota Features Betty Griffin Center in its WOW Partner Video


Thanks to Beaver Toyota for its support of our annual Run for Peace by selecting Betty Griffin Center as one of its WOW Partners of the month!

Check out the video from Beaver Toyota where the executive team discusses the company’s community giving, along with comments from Betty Griffin Center representatives and survivors of domestic violence.


May – Donation Received from “Teens Take a Stand” Event at Ponte Vedra High School

The Betty Griffin Center, along with Hubbard House in Jacksonville, both received donations raised through a benefit concert and silent auction held in March — thanks to a group of Ponte Vedra High School Students.

For a third year, the group organized the “Teens Take a Stand” Benefit Concert at Ponte Vedra High School.

In 2018, members of the Teens Take A Stand club at Ponte Vedra High School heard from Betty Griffin Center Development Director Nicole Pece during a tour of the center’s shelter.

The benefit concert, developed to focus attention on domestic violence issues, featured a variety of acts including performers from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Bolles High School and Ponte Vedra High School – with Catalina Alers-Alers from 97.9 KISS FM serving as special guest MC for the evening. There was a silent auction featuring items from local restaurants, a custom leather jacket, golf foursomes and other prizes and packages – and a survivor of domestic violence who received help from the Betty Griffin Center shared her personal story of abuse.

This year, Betty Griffin Center received about $5,500 thanks to the kids…and the event.

To date, Ponte Vedra High School’s ‘Teens Take A Stand’ club has donated more than $55,000 in combined contributions to Hubbard House and the Betty Griffin Center.

This year’s event was chaired by Ponte Vedra High School Seniors Grace Freedman, Carissa Clough, Charlotte Moore and Junior Chase Magnano – with many other club members actively involved to ensure a successful program.





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.