The Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh holds fundraising gala
May 9, 2016 12:00 AM
From left Sherley Craig, Shirl Regan and Rachel Allen.
From left: Paula Kellerman, Maurita Bryant and Diane Richard.
Sara Davis Buss with Paul Kunco.
Latasha Wilson Batch, left, with Gina Pferdehirt.
Maris Bondi, left, with Sally Wiggin.
Donald Gray, left, and his brother Joel Gray.
From left, Aaron McKendry, Carol Fugger and David Spurgeon.
David Pferdehirt, left, with Charlie Batch.
From left, Ashley Bloom with her brother Brian Bloom and his fiance Suzanne Principe.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The place: Jay Verno Studios in the South Side, Friday evening.
Party with a purpose: Roughly 250 guests gathered to support the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and to honor Karissa’s Army with the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award. Paul Kunco spoke about losing his daughter, Karissa, to domestic violence in 2012 at age 21. “We are here because my daughter’s life was way too important to not fight and let grief consume you. We made an army to bring awareness and educate our kids about relationships,” he paused, his eyes brimming with tears. “This is my therapy. This allows me to be a dad. I can’t go over and mow her lawn, or fix her car, or anything like that now, but I can stand up for her in this moment.” Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karissas-ARMY/279240038815427 to learn more.
#Surviving&Thriving: Maurita Bryant, Pittsburgh assistant police chief and survivor of domestic violence, spoke about her own journey. “The biggest thing to remember is that love doesn’t hurt. For a woman to leave, she first needs options. Places like this have resources available when women are afraid to turn to family out of shame. It’s not easy to just leave, especially when you have children or no support system. The police force helped me to empower myself as I looked for a way out.”
#SEEN: President and CEO Shirl Regan, board chair Sara Davis Buss, Sherley Craig, Rachel Allen, Sally Wiggin, Maris Bondi, Charlie and Latasha Wilson Batch, David and Gina Pferdehirt, brothers Donald and Joel Gray, Paula Kellerman and Diane Richard. The event raised more than $100,000.
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