Act. Honor. Hope.

Please join the Action Alliance as we HONOR three leaders who have taken extraordinary ACTION to bring about the change necessary to end sexual and domestic violence. Their leadership offers HOPE for a better tomorrow.

Our Emcee for the event this year is:  Amanda Malkowski, co-anchor of Good Morning Richmond and 8News at 9.

This year we honor:

Delegate Christopher K. Peace and Senator Janet D. Howell

Delegate Peace, who has served in the House of Delegates since 2006 and Senator Howell, who has served in the senate since 1991 have together demonstrated bipartisan leadership and perseverance to secure an historic increase in sexual and domestic violence funding. Together they model an unwavering commitment to secure much needed funding to stabilize services, restore hope and build trust for survivors across the Commonwealth.

Fran Ecker, Director of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services 

Ms. Ecker has been an exemplary steward in the development of the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Grant Program that included the first-ever formula funding for sexual and domestic violence agencies. This funding was significant to stabilize sexual and domestic violence victim services throughout Virginia. Her active commitment to improving services for victims is evidenced by her accessibility and collaboration with those closest to the work and efforts to institute an efficient and responsive administration of funding so programs can focus on service delivery and program development rather than be buried in administrative burdens.

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We also honor and celebrate the commitment of these Action Alliance supports and welcome them as new Lifetime Members in 2016:

Dee Berry   –   Angela Blount   –   Liz Cascone   –   Richard (Tony) Cesaroni   –   Marva Dunn   –   Abigail Eisley   –   Aly Haynes-Traver   –   Sherre Hedrick   –   Kate McCord   –   Nancy Olgesby   –   Katherine Rodgers   –   Carla Ryan   –   Anna Claire Schellenberg   –   Karl Schellenberg   –   Rebecca Schellenberg   –   Richard Schellenberg   –   John Shinholser   –   Jennifer Underwood   –   Betsy Williams

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Joining the Action Alliance adds your voice to making change in Virginia. Start your membership today or call 804.377.0335. 

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Deck the Halls: A Holiday Tradition benefiting Project Horizon

Call me crazy, but I love this time of year. While most directors probably have visions of purple ribbons and calendars full of candlelight vigils and lunchtime lectures, my office looks like Santa himself has stopped by for an early visit. That is because in the midst of Domestic Violence Awareness Month we are also planning our annual black-tie gala, Deck the Halls, to be held on November 19, 2016 at VMI in Lexington, VA.

This year marks the 16th year for Deck the Halls which began as a Festival of Trees. Voted the #1 Charity Event in the Shenandoah Valley by Virginia Living Magazine for the past three years, Deck the Halls is more than a fundraiser, it is a community event. It is always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Deck the Halls marks the beginning of the holiday season for the Rockbridge community. Over 300 guests gather in their finest attire for dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions. Our featured auction item this year is a 16’ x 24’ English Style Cottage Frame created by the Timber Framers Guild and VMI Cadets. It is truly a magical evening.

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While the twinkling lights and holiday décor set the stage for the magic, that is really not what makes Deck the Halls so special. Each year when I look over the crowd, I pause to give thanks for the many people who have come together to make the event such a great success. The 15-member DTH committee, the decorators, the caterers, the auction donors, the auctioneer, the table hosts, and every person in attendance is there because they believe in and support the work of Project Horizon. We cannot do this work alone. We will never fulfill our mission of working to end domestic, dating and sexual violence in the Rockbridge community if we do it in a vacuum. Amidst the glitter and glam of the holiday season, our community comes together to make a difference in the lives of survivors. That is what makes the evening so magical.

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If you would like to join us and experience the magic yourself, call 540-463-7861 for reservations. Tickets are $85 each or $640 for a reserved table of 8.

Judy Casteele is the Executive Director of Project Horizon, serving the Rockbridge Area of Virginia. She is also on the Governing Body of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. She has worked in and supported anti-violence work across various agencies and communities for over 20 years. 

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Joining the Action Alliance adds your voice to making change in Virginia. Start your membership today or call 804.377.0335. 

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Meet Nina Aristy

Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
There are endless reasons why I choose to do this form of work, and honestly the list gets progressively longer as I continue to do this work. I guess if we get to the core of it all I find comfort in the idea that nobody is alone and everyone is heard, therefore by doing this work I am working into that thought.

What would you like to learn your first year on your new job? 
That is a tough one. I think I have hit the backspace button too many times trying to get the wording right, because in all honesty I want to learn everything. I want to learn from the ground up on assisting individuals on a personal level (like all the folks in the hotline do so gracefully and empathetically). I would like to learn how we use that hotline data and then compound that into policy that will ultimately create safer spaces for victims. I want to learn how we communicate that to public in a matter that makes them impassioned and part of the movement. Basically I want to learn how to help. How I can make that chain of events that creates change, happen. I know it is a lot and most likely will not fit into my first year at this job, but I at least want those building blocks.

oscar-waoWhat is the latest book you have read and would you recommend it?
The latest book I have read is The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and I would absolutely recommend this book. I am a very proud Dominican, and I think if you want to get to know more about Dominican culture and history this is a nice introduction. Also, it is a very quick read, so if you are up for some laughs and a few tears and a genuine tale of a Dominican life both for natives and immigrants- this pretty much has that.

If you were a vegetable what would you be? Why?
I would probably be garlic. During the Winter I have to be far and away from the cold because I am easily frozen. I blossom in the Spring and always seem to show up in a group (I come from a big family so being alone is never an option). I am involved in a lot of things, just like garlic is involved in almost every meal.  I am not the biggest vegetable, but I do pack a punch in flavor (so I am notably unforgettable).

What are the 3 things you love about Virginia?

  1. The lifetime full of memories I have made here with the people that became my family.
  2. The food. Honestly, I have gained about 10 pounds since I got here and I do not regret a single bite that has lead me to gaining it.
  3. The advisers and mentors I have had that have supported and guided me.

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If you had one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?
I would put my boyfriend, my whole family (especially my beautiful nephew), all my friends, and my doggies

What is the most incredible view you have ever seen?
I guess this is sort of cheating, but at the same time it does answer the question. The most incredible view I have ever seen is always changing because it is moment, not particularly a fixed place or person. These moments happen very rarely and spontaneously, for me it has happened only a handful of times. It is this moment where you feel like everything is just right. You are with the right people and the right mindset and everything just comes into focus. For me this has happened while singing in cartoon voices with my partner during a 6 hour drive at midnight. It has happened while surrounded by my friends in my college living room just telling past stories of our lives. Those moments where I do not need a picture or a journal entry to remind me of what I felt, who was there, or what was said in order for me to picture that exact moment in its entirety. Those for me are the most incredible views I have ever seen.

Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance? 
I am excited to get to know everyone and help in different tasks and projects. I am just very excited to get to learn from everyone here.

Nina recently graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA in Political Science. She minored in Women’s Studies and Latin American studies. Currently, she is studying for her LSATs and aspires to do legal assistance and advocacy for sexual and domestic violence victims. 

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Joining the Action Alliance adds your voice to making change in Virginia. Start your membership today or call 804.377.0335. 

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Meet Cortney Calixte

Why do you do this Anti-Violence work?
For some reason Anti-Violence work has appeared in my life over the years in one way or the other and no matter what my other interest may be, I find myself in the same place. So, I think there is a reason for being here and I am going to take in as much knowledge I can and hopefully I can help something or someone in the process of figuring it out.

What would you like to learn your first year on your new job?
I want to be a sponge and I want to be able to provide the necessary services to the places that need them.

What is the latest book you’ve read and would you recommend it?
Dreams of my Father– Barack Obama. I related to Barack’s struggle to be his authentic self in a position and in a society where being black can cause you to have more than one identity because you are in fear that your authentic self is not a safe space.

 

Describe the magazines on your coffee table?
I would normally have random knowledge books on my coffee table. Books that tell you why ancient society’s made batteries out of clay pots. Random information and conversation starters.

If you had one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?
My whole life and all of my experiences. You didn’t say how big or small the box could be.

 

 

What would be the title of your autobiography?

“I don’t know how I got here but I’m going to make the most of it: A guide to learning when you are lost.”

What is the most incredible view you have ever seen?
Whatever I am looking at when I wake up.  No amount of anything can explain that.

Lastly, what excites you most about your new job at the Action Alliance? 
The opportunity to be a part of an organization that sees the need for a better life and a safe life for people facing violence.

Cortney Calixte is an intern at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is working toward her Master’s in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

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Joining the Action Alliance adds your voice to making change in Virginia. Start your membership today or call.

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