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Shelter Our Sisters Gala Will Honor Community Advocates and Celebrate a Historic Move

ROCHELLE PARK, NJ, : In a landmark year for the agency, Shelter Our Sisters (SOS) will host its Annual Gala, Building for the Future: Safety, Strength and Hope, on Monday, April 7 at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ.
SOS, a comprehensive domestic violence resource center in Bergen County, is moving all of its non-emergency programs and services this Spring to one central location, a newly purchased and renovated building at 12 Overlook Avenue in Rochelle Park. The emergency shelter and transitional housing locations will remain the same.


“We are holding our Gala at an exciting time as we move into our new Community Program Center,” said Elaine K. Meyerson, SOS Executive Director. “This centralized facility will help us do a more effective job of reaching out to families affected by domestic violence—including many who do not require emergency shelter but do need our help. With this move, we are embarking on the most significant journey of growth since SOS was founded 38 years ago.”

The gala, co-chaired by SOS Trustees Paula Star and Flora Perskie, will begin with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 pm, followed by dinner and awards presentations at 7:30 pm. SOS will honor a number of individuals and organizations for their advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims. The 2014 honorees include:
• Bogota Savings Bank – Corporate Leadership Award
• Judy and Mark Buono – Humanitarian Benefactor Award
• Teterboro Airport Community – Community Partnership Award
• Jack Weldin – Humanitarian Award
• Nina Wood – Volunteer of the Year Award
“In addition to recognizing the exceptional efforts of our honorees, the Gala gives us an opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us transform lives and brighten futures," said Meyerson.

Tickets for the Gala are $160 per person or $250 for two if you bring a friend (the friend must not be on the SOS mailing list and may not be your spouse).

Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $1,200 to $18,000 are available to support specific SOS programs, including Summer Camp, Project Self-Sufficiency (work readiness training), Community Outreach and Multicultural Services, Transitional Housing, Emergency Shelter, the Children’s Program, and 24-hour hotline.

For additional details, please contact Jean Kirch, SOS Development Director, at 201-498-9247, ext 301 or jean@shelteroursisters.org.

About Shelter Our Sisters
For 38 years, Shelter Our Sisters has been a source of safety, strength, and hope for families affected by domestic violence in Bergen County. We provide emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, and a diversified continuum of services ranging from legal advocacy and crisis counseling to educational assistance, work readiness training, and creative arts therapy for children. We are also devoted to raising awareness of domestic violence in the community. SOS is founded on the vision and belief that every person has the right to be safe, empowered, and free from violence and the fear of violence. Central to this belief, SOS seeks to eliminate domestic violence.

About Domestic Violence
1 in 4 women in this country will experience domestic violence from a partner during their lifetime. Every year, more than 15 million children in the US are exposed to domestic violence at home. Domestic violence knows no boundaries, affecting people of every age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Without a strong support system, 63% of battered women will return to their abuser. SOS provides that support; women at our shelter receive training to build independent living skills, gain confidence, and achieve economic freedom.
24-hour SOS hotline: 201-944-9600 www.shelteroursisters.org

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