YWCA TO HONOR MAYOR BOLLWAGE AND THE CITY OF ELIZABETH AT COCKTAIL RECEPTION

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YWCA TO HONOR MAYOR BOLLWAGE AND THE CITY OF ELIZABETH AT COCKTAIL RECEPTION
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—October 8, 2015 - Later this evening at 6:00 p.m., the YWCA will be hosting an Empowering Women Cocktail Reception titled “A Voice for Every Woman.” As the YWCA Union County celebrates 95 years of serving the community, they are proud to honor the City of Elizabeth and Mayor J. Christian Bollwage for their long-time partnership and support of services to victims of domestic violence.
 
“I would like to thank the YWCA for this great honor. They are a remarkable organization that is dedicated to supporting women and families throughout the region,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “From their worthy programs to the valuable assistance they provide, this organization achieves the extraordinary each day. I commend the work that they do and encourage everyone to get involved with their local YWCA." 
 
According to the YWCA, “The City of Elizabeth and Mayor Bollwage have taken a special interest in local nonprofit organizations, including the YWCA Union County.  In 2013, Mayor Bollwage was among the first group of men who took a public stand against the crime of domestic violence by joining the YWCA Union County’s White Ribbon Campaign, which is an opportunity for male allies to take a pledge to  never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.”    
 
The City of Elizabeth maintains a strong partnership with the YWCA Union County. Last year, a grant from the City was leveraged with support from a local foundation to assist in the installation of a generator for the organization's  Emergency Shelter. The YWCA has stated that this effort "...ensures the safety of residents in the event of a power outage such as what was experienced by so many in our state during Hurricane Sandy."
 
The YWCA Union County’s Empowering Women Cocktail Reception will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Clark, New Jersey. Proceeds from the event will benefit the YWCA Union County’s Domestic Violence Programs. For more information or tickets, contact Tara Packard by email at tpackard@ywcaunioncounty.org. 
 
About the YWCA:
The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. The YWCA Union County opened its doors in 1920 and has been serving the women and children of Union County ever since.  They have  a long history of promoting the rights and health of clients in the home, the workplace and the community as well as advocating on behalf of social and racial justice. In 1978, in response to the growing concern about domestic violence in Union County, the YWCA established a Domestic Violence Program to provide emergency shelter for battered women and their children.  Today, they are recognized as the lead domestic violence agency in Union County. Their programs have expanded beyond shelter to provide a full range of services to domestic violence survivors.