“Removing the Mask” Domestic Violence Awareness Masquerade Event Opens its Doors in Atlanta for a Worthy Cause During Halloween Weekend

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Saturday October 29th, 2011 Red Carpet Masquerade Party Aims to Empower, Raise Funds and Awareness in Georgia During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Community Physician and MBS Wellness Inc. Founder Dr. Maiysha Clairborne MD, (http://www.mbswellness.org/), announced today the first annual "Removing the Mask" Domestic Violence Awareness Masquerade Party to take place in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday October 29th 2011. Doors will open at 7:00PM at The Defoors Center Art Gallery, 1710 Defoor Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30318. This event will bring together community members, societies elite, health professionals, and advocate in support of bringing an end to domestic abuse. This masquerade-themed evening is open to the public, and will feature live music, dancing, spoken word performances, food and cocktails. A fundraising goal of $50,000 has been set for the evening with a hearty portion of proceeds raised to directly benefit The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV). Tickets for the upcoming gala can be purchased for $50 single tickets, and $80 couples tickets in advance at http://removingthemask.eventbrite.com/. Tickets will also be on sale at the door on October 29th for an increased rate of $75 per person.

“Georgia is 6th in the nation for domestic violence homicides of women by men. This is an issue that must be dealt with,” stated Dr. Maiysha Clairborne who is also a child survivor of domestic violence. “I am committed that the community gets the seriousness of the issue here. Domestic Violence is more than just a family tragedy, it's a public health and safety issue. Over 127 women were killed last year alone, and those numbers are growing. This event will empower the community and connect them to the resource that can help, the GCADV. It is time that we remove the mask on domestic violence; it is not ok in any way, shape or form.”

The evening is expected to be a full night, including possible attendance from Mayor Kasim Reed, and a special guest who will tell her story of survival of domestic violence. The evening will also provide attendees an opportunity to participate in a silent auction to benefit the cause. Winning bidders will walk away with luxurious items such as exclusive hotel stays, getaways trips, jewelry, art, electronics, and other unique products. Dr. Clairborne has rallied major support from the community which include sponsorship from Cheryl Allen Events, Mogul Media Solutions, The Everest Institute in Atlanta, and Divas In Defense. She has also gained the support of CW's Focus Atlanta, and major radio stations Praise 102.5, MajicATL 107.5/97.5, and HotSpotAtl 107.9.

Dr. Clairborne serves as a board member of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) which is a statewide non-profit organization that brings together member agencies, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are committed to ending domestic violence. Guided by the voices of survivors, they work to educate and create social change by addressing the root causes of domestic violence. GCADV leads advocacy efforts for responsive public policy and foster quality, comprehensive prevention and intervention services throughout the state.

To purchase tickets please visit http://www.removingthemask.eventbrite.com.

For more information regarding the first annual "Removing the Mask" Domestic Violence Awareness Gala or for immediate media access contact or sponsorship opportunities please contact Dr. Clairborne at 678-343-3139, or email removingthemaskevent(at)gmail(dot)com.

About Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne is an American board certified family physician turned wellness & stress management coach. She is the founder of Mind Body Spirit Wellness Inc., where she has focused on helping clients achieve and maintaining emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being through her various programs for nearly a decade. She received her BA in Psychology at Emory University then completed her medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL. She also completed her post-graduate training in acupuncture with The Academy of Pain Research Acupuncture and the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. She is an internationally recognized author and public speaker, giving wellness techniques to individuals and groups alike. She is the author of the book “Eat Your Disease Away,” and has been featured on numerous Television, Radio and Magazine features surrounding Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention. You can visit her wellness website at http://mbswellness.org/index.html, follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DrMaiysha or follow her on twitter at https://twitter.com/DrMaiysha.

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