Dancing away domestic violence
Hat’s off, or maybe shoes in this instance, to the dancers and instructors who participated in the Coweta’s Dancing Stars fundraiser last week.
It takes a brave man - or woman - to get up on stage for just about anything. But learning new dance moves and then showing them off before hundreds takes a special person. That’s especially true when it’s for a great cause. The competition is the biggest fundraiser for the Community Welcome House, a transitional facility that provides shelter for families involved in domestic violence situations.
The Grand Prize went to Brad Binion of Newnan Utilities with instructor Leigh McGuffey of Star Dance Studio. Binion also got the most votes in the People’s Choice Award. So it’s safe to say he has the moves. But everyone was a winner, and congratulations and thanks to all the instructors and dancers.
While the event was fun and raised needed revenue for the domestic abuse shelter, it remains disheartening that we need such a facility in our community. Not a week goes by that our news staff doesn’t have at least one story about a domestic violence case. From using baseball bats to jabbing ink pens in a woman’s ear to ripping her hair out, the stories seem to get worse with time.
The great thing about the dance competition is not only does it raise money for the Community Welcome House, but it keeps the spotlight on domestic violence. Too often, women remain in violent relationships, either through the lack of funds to get away or the misconception the abuser will change. Abusers rarely change; rather they tend to become more and more violent.
It is up to friends and family to help women escape these types of situations, and for that we are fortunate to have the Welcome House and a large local population that supports it through events like this.
“The event was wonderful,” said Linda Kirkpatrick, executive director. “The best part was it brought the community together for a cause.”
Let us continue to dance away until this horrid problem leaves our community. Until then, thank you to all the participants and those who bought tickets in support of the cause - the event raised about $70,000.