[Photo provided by April Duda Photography]
[Batavia resident Robert Kieckhefer sells raffle tickets at last year's event.]
These women and children affected by domestic violence become more isolated, cut off from support or help, Kieckhefer stated.
“Isolation saps their emotional strength and creates a feeling of hopelessness; abused women and children become so humiliated, they learn to hide,” Kieckhefer stated. “Statistics report one in every five women has been abused by someone they trust. But yet, it seemed impersonal until we heard about these two local charities and talked to victims of domestic violence. These are women and children in our own neighborhoods.”
Club members strongly believe if people talk about these supportive services here in their community, the increased awareness will help victims of domestic abuse who do not know about the available resources.
As the club members look forward to their event, they draw inspiration from the late actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn, who said, “As you grow older, you will find you discover that you have two hands – one for yourself, the other for helping others.”
“It reveals, in its quiet way, that when you recognize your own strength, and help yourself first, then you are capable of helping others,” Kieckhefer stated. “This combination of empowerment and goodwill is what drives our philanthropic organization.”
Doors open for the event at 10 a.m. at the Q Center. Raffle tickets are $20 for a sheet of 25 to be used for gift baskets or other prizes, such as White Sox and Cubs tickets, tickets to “A Christmas Carol,” and for shows at Steppenwolf and Broadway in Chicago, Kieckhefer said.
“We raised $28,000 last year, and those were the total proceeds that go to charity after our costs – which we try to minimize,” Kieckhefer said.