One Powerful Day, Three Empowering Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 27, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona

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According to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the difficult truth is that one in four women in the state of Arizona will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and every 44 minutes in the state of Arizona one child or more will witness it. Determined to make a difference and change these harrowing statistics, Arizona Foundation for Women will present a series of three domestic violence awareness events entitled, "The Faces of Domestic Violence: SHE Counts!.”

According to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the difficult truth is that one in four women in the state of Arizona will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and every 44 minutes in the state of Arizona one child or more will witness it. Determined to make a difference and change these harrowing statistics, Arizona Foundation for Women will present a series of three domestic violence awareness events entitled, "The Faces of Domestic Violence: SHE Counts!” Each event is open to the public and will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 East Missouri Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
A breakfast event featuring a panel discussion will focus on men’s advocacy and men’s athletics. Panelists scheduled to appear include Lynn Larson, former NFL player and program manager at Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, Allie Bones, executive director of the Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Brennan Bowen, a student football player who attends Arizona Christian University, and Jean Boyd, former NFL player and senior associate athletic director at Arizona State University. Moderating the discussion will be Dan Manucci, a former American football quarterback and Arizona sports radio personality.
 
A few hours later, a luncheon event will focus on protecting women from gun violence. Scheduled keynote speakers include Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband and astronaut, Mark Kelly.
 
With a laser focus on keeping guns from stalkers and domestic abusers, Giffords works tirelessly to move the needle on this important issue. “My spirit is as strong as ever,” said Giffords. “I’m still fighting to make the world a safer place. Criminals, stalkers, and abusers with guns are a threat to women. We must act to protect women from gun violence.”

In the evening, a community reception will feature entertainment by guitarist, singer and songwriter Jenn Grinels.
 
Tickets are $50 per person for the breakfast and social events, and $75 per person for the luncheon. An all-day pass is available for $125. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (602) 532-2800, ext. 2.
 
About Arizona Foundation for Women: Since 1995, Arizona Foundation for Women has led the effort to protect and empower Arizona’s women and children through funding non-profit organizations and programs. Proceeds from all three of these inaugural events will be earmarked for Arizona Foundation for Women’s domestic violence initiatives. With a focus on Safety, Health, and Economics, the Arizona Foundation for Women believes SHE Counts! Funds raised will go toward grants to Arizona non-profits, original research on the status of Arizona women and children, and programs to increase awareness about women’s issues in Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.azfw.org.
 
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