Hope Rising will join the nation in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness month by holding a candlelight vigil on the west lawn of the McKinney Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Purple candles will be available at the event for a suggested minimum donation of $5 each. All donations at this event will benefit Hope’s Door, the Collin County women’s shelter established in 1986. Hope’s Door is a shelter and counseling center offering comprehensive programs and services designed to help break the cycle of domestic abuse. Hope’s Door provides direct intervention and prevention services to families affected by domestic abuse in Collin County, Dallas County, and surrounding areas.
Tara Woodlee of Ashleigh’s Patience Project will be the keynote speaker. Other groups appearing in support of this event include North Texas Opera on Tap and cast members from the 2013 McKinney premiere of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”.
Hope Rising invites all residents of McKinney and beyond to join us for a few moments of silence to honor all who have been affected by domestic violence.
About Hope Rising
Hope Rising’s mission is to create positive change through arts-related events and activities that foster education and awareness about sexual and domestic violence and, in doing so, provide aid and support to organizations whose primary mission is to serve persons affected by sexual and domestic violence in Collin County, Texas. Hope Rising incorporated in the State of Texas in June of 2013 and has filed for 501(c)(3) recognition as a tax-exempt charitable organization with the IRS. To learn more about Hope Rising and other upcoming events visit www.HopeRisingTX.org.
About Ashleigh’s Patience Project
Ashleigh’s Patience Project was founded almost immediately after Tara Woodleigh’s daughter Ashleigh and unborn granddaughter Patience were murdered by Ashleigh’s estranged boyfriend in July 2012. Ms. Woodlee seeks to tell her daughter’s story in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence through various proactive measures, including contacting our legislators to strengthen the laws and penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence, supporting other domestic violence organizations, groups and shelters and educating youth about the signs and dangers of domestic violence. Visit the website at http://www.ashleighspatienceproject.com.