Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

May 20, 2013

Beacon of Hope hosting breakfast

Bart Doan
Hendricks County Flyer

— Terry Moore, executive director of Beacon of Hope Center for Women, says $200 could save someone’s life.

That’s the cost of a table at the first Beacon of Hope Lead the Way Breakfast, set for 7 to 9 a.m. June 21 at the Country Club of Indianapolis. The breakfast  is designed as a business to business networking event.

Beacon of Hope is an agency on the westside of the city looking to aid victims of domestic violence and raise awareness of the problem.

Seats to the breakfast are $25 each, and a table seats eight. That full table purchased, she says, could have a direct impact on women who are in abusive relationships.

“The $200 would cover one of our client’s counseling sessions for four weeks,” she said. “Counseling is imperative for any woman or child suffering from domestic violence because that violence can rob a woman of her self-worth, dignity, and self-respect.

“I can share about one client of ours that came to our center to get counseling that was being abused by her father, and within four weeks she was beginning to make that turn from victim mentality to survivorship,” Moore said. “We know for a fact that BOH saved her life.”

BOH has licensed counselors available to speak with the abused, and Moore said the purpose of the breakfast event is to help get the 501©3 non-profit’s mission out to that demographic in the community.

“My conclusion (to hold the breakfast) came to life because we really need businesses, churches, and other organizations to help lead the way in the community to help these women, children, and family pets get out of harm’s way,” she explained. “We chose a breakfast event because we felt like we could get to know the business owners and the community, not only that BOH serves, but all other surrounding areas.” She said anyone is welcome to attend, but the tenor of the event is geared toward businesses getting to know other companies as well as learning about BOH.

The event will feature a breakfast buffet, guest speakers, door prizes, and a raffle drawing. Among the items as prizes is a stay at the Renaissance Hotel in Indianapolis and breakfast the morning after.

Lindsay Crane of K-Love radio in Indianapolis will emcee the event as the breakfast’s media sponsor, and Moore said she expects those who attend will be moved.

“We’re going to be showing our brand new video that is very impactful, and we’ll be having one of our victims speak on how BOH has transferred her life. Then I’ll be speaking on the progress and where we’re headed in the future,” Moore said. “(The reaction to the breakfast) has been very encouraging. The company tables are already coming in, and I really hope the community supports us by coming out to this event.”

Moore said that thus far, 2013 has seen huge gains in the realm of teen domestic violence through its teen talks program, visiting schools and educating about the perils of abuse in relationships and how surprisingly prevalent they are with young people.

“That’s been one of our main progresses so far,” Moore said. “We’ll be sharing all about that new program at the breakfast. One in every three teens is reporting domestic violence in a teen dating situation. It could be happening to anyone, and by coming to this breakfast, they’ll be able to learn more about awareness and how to help when the need arises.”

Moore said the teen dating violence issue in particular should hit home to businesses, because many of them employ young people and there can be definite signs employers can learn to notice that are harbingers of potential abuse in a dating relationship.

“Domestic violence is a community-wide problem, and everyone must get involved if we’re going to see it end in our city,” she said.

Anyone interested in attending the breakfast may call the center to reserve a seat at 731-6131. The Country Club of Indianapolis is at 2801 Country Club Road.

For more information on BOH, visit the website at www.beaconofhopeindy.org.

Just the facts

WHAT: Beacon of Hope Lead the Way Breakfast

WHEN: 7 to 9 a.m. June 21

WHERE: Country Club of Indianapolis