October is not just a month to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness, it is also a month that brings public awareness to Domestic Violence. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Rose of Sharon for Transitional Living hosted it’s 2nd Annual Living Behind the Mask Gala (LBTM Gala). All survivors and over-comers of Domestic Violence were honored for becoming extraordinary leaders despite their past circumstances. The LBTM took place Saturday night at The Atlanta City Hall.
The Living Behind the Mask Gala
The LBTM Gala honored seven women from various fields who support the prevention of Domestic Violence. The honorees received special recognition awards for individual achievements. This year honorees were Tamiko Lowry Pugh of The Still Standing Foundation, Kimya Motley of Have of Light International, INC., Melissa Holmes of Love Shouldn’t Hurt NY, Erika Lee of P.U.R.S.E. Foundation, Ardre Orie of Pink Wish Foundation, Aaralyn Swinger Rawls of S.A.V.E.D Domestic Violence Program, Pastor Sabrina McKenzie of The Dancing Preachers Intl., and a host of brand ambassadors and special guests; such as, Dr. Yamma Brown (James Brown daughter), The King of Violin Ken Ford, Actress Reece Odum, Gospel Artist Marica Chisolm, Lelee Lyons of SWV and more. The night was also filled with live entertainment and fashion.
The purpose of “Living Behind the Mask” is to serve as a fundraiser which will aid women and children involved in cases of domestic violence by offering emergency shelter. Rose of Sharon’s vision is to teach women and children to become healthy, balanced, educated, and poised while living in a society free of drugs, alcohol and violence.
About the Rose of Sharon Transitional Living
The company was founded in 2012 by Rhonda A. Thompson on her journey to ending Domestic Violence. It is her vision to take women through the many phases of healing restoration while refining their inner and outer self-image. Our primary focus is emergency/transitional housing, however, currently we provide many supportive services in areas such as: crisis intervention, providing food, advocacy, counseling for victim/child, and support groups. Clients also benefit from workshops on financial planning, pre-employment training, life skills, drug & alcohol prevention and parenting skills.
Photo Credits: Marcus Ingram