With TJX Companies, Inc. serving as presenting sponsor, along with HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, Nordstrom and The California Endowment as premier sponsors, the event once again was held at the Marriott San Diego Mission Valley. ProFlowers, Sycuan, Cubic Corporation, KyXy 96.5 FM and Viejas were contributing sponsors. Supporting sponsors included Law Offices of Amy Rypins; Law Offices of David W. Brody; California Bank & Trust; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; The Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation; Tabor Communications;
The afternoon tea attracted nearly 500 attendees, including local businesses, dignitaries, community leaders and philanthropists. Steve Atkinson, co-anchor for Channel 10 news, served as master of ceremonies.
The highlight of the event was an impactful keynote speech by Meredith Baxter, an Emmy-nominated actress, producer, author and advocate. She shared her personal story of a difficult childhood and subsequent abusive relationships and how she rose above the victimhood to achieve positive self-esteem to break the cycle of violence for herself and especially for her five children. Also included in this year’s program, CCS presented its Courage Award to Elizabeth Klein, a survivor of sexual assault who has become an advocate for other survivors. Of particular note is Klein’s accomplishment of having offenders’ names removed from restitution checks. She also was lauded for having shared her story at numerous CCS training sessions to audiences of police cadets, nurses, probation and parole officers as well as students to raise awareness of sexual assault.
CCS also honored TJX Companies as its 2012 Corporate Partner of the Year. Jerome Smalls, vice president of community relations for TJX, accepted the award on his company’s behalf and gave a riveting and poignant speech reflecting on the time he spent at a CCS shelter and the amazing work he witnessed. TJX Companies has supported CCS since 2008, providing funding for its Dreamcatcher’
“We are extremely grateful for the continuing community support that enables CCS to make a difference in the lives of individuals dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse,” said Verna Griffin-Tabor, executive director of Center for Community Solutions. “In these challenging times, it is especially rewarding to see so many new and familiar members of CCS’ extended family step forward to assist us in sustaining our work in these life-saving and life-changing services.”
Proceeds from the “Tea on the Town” benefit CCS’ full range of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse programs, including six emergency response teams, a 24-hour hotline, two emergency shelters, victim advocacy, two transitional housing programs, case management, court accompaniment, clinical services and legal services. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego while also providing an array of prevention programs, as community education and self-defense instruction.
About Center for Community Solutions
Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions, assists more than 30,000 women, men and children affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse each year. CCS operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline as well as hospital and court accompaniment services for rape survivors. CCS provides two 24-hour emergency shelters and transitional housing programs for victims of domestic violence and their children.