On Saturday, October 20, YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) raised over $10,000 at their 10th annual Reclaiming Freedom Celebration, a fundraiser dedicated to the domestic violence services they provide.
Reclaiming Freedom Celebration is designed to celebrate survivors of domestic violence and their newly-found independence. The team at YWCA MV works diligently every day to help their clients find freedom, and, literally, reclaim their lives.
This year’s celebration honored local law enforcement for their contributions to YWCA MV’s mission. The three honorees were Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, City of Rome Chief of Police Kevin Beach, and City of Utica Chief of Police Mark Williams.
“Our work would be impossible without the endless support of our law enforcement partners,” says YWCA MV CEO Dianne Stancato. “We thank each and every one of you for your tireless dedication to justice, and to helping us save lives.”
Each honoree received an award on behalf of YWCA MV, a letter of congratulations from Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr., and proclamations from NYS Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.
YWCA MV’s partnership with Sheriff Maciol, Chief Beach, and Chief Williams and their departments help survivors find justice, protection, and freedom. The agency relies on relationships with local law enforcement to be able to see continued success in their services.
Reclaiming Freedom Celebration has always been a part of YWCA MV’s programming for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event helps YWCA MV generate awareness on domestic violence in Oneida County by bringing together survivors, agency partners, and the county community in a show of support and solidarity.
This year marked a decade of Reclaiming Freedom Celebration, but YWCA MV has offered domestic violence services for more than forty years. The agency offers a range of services including 24-hour confidential hotlines, emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, and counseling. YWCA MV always offers these life-saving programs free of charge.
Reclaiming Freedom Celebration was presented by Business Machines & Equipment, Inc. – BME. The night was made possible by additional sponsors including Purple Sponsors The Hartford, Bank of Utica, and Utica First Insurance, and Lilac Sponsors AmeriCU Credit Union, IBEW Local Union #43, and Joe Tahan’s Furniture.
YWCA MV is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.