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Mary Kay Ash Foundation awards Crime Victims Program $20K shelter grant!

Mary Kay Ash Foundation awards Crime Victims Program $20K shelter grant!


Norwich (September, 2012)— The Crime Victims Program, which operates “Nan’s Place” a local women’s shelter serving Chenango County received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.

The Crime Victims Program will use the grant to provide critical support for the rising costs of operating their licensed domestic violence safe dwelling.

Daniel Auwarter, director of the program, states: “These funds come at a critical time for shelters like ours. Funding to operate domestic violence programs continues to be challenged at the state and Federal level, and every program is fighting to assure that services are available to victims of abuse. The Mary Kay Ash Foundation continues to be one of the champions in the fight to assure domestic violence is addressed in our society and that victims can find help, and we are proud to be recognized by them with this award”.

In 2011, the Crime Victims Program provided shelter to 38 women and 41 children, and served an additional 158 victims of domestic violence who did not seek shelter. Through September of this year, the program has already served 37 women and 54 children and another 137 non-residential victims. The total bednights provided to victims since January 2011 was 2148, demonstrating the high demand for services in Chenango County.

“The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.” said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President of Government Relations and board member for The Mary Kay Foundation. “Through our grants, we honor and support shelters across the country that are having a profound impact for women and children in their communities. Since 2000, we have granted $31 million to help domestic violence shelters meet their critical needs and support their ongoing community efforts.”

About The Mary Kay Foundation

The Mary Kay Foundation was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation, visit or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).