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Mill Creek Women's Club 2013 Auction raises large donation for YWCA Pathways for Women

Representatives from the YWCA were presented with a check for $31,634.00 from members of the Mill Creek Women's Club at their Christmas luncheon on December 18, 2013.
Mill Creek Women's Club presents check to YWCA. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle

Representatives from the YWCA were presented with a check for $31,634.00 from members of the Mill Creek Women's Club at their Christmas luncheon on December 18, 2013.

The YWCA representatives who attended the luncheon were: Senior Regional Director of Snohomish County - Mary Anne Dillon-Bryant and Regional Community Affairs Coordinator - Luanne Kunz.

Pictured in the photograph, from left to right are: Pat Lawrence (MCWC), Mary Anne Dillon-Bryant (YWCA), Vicki Wellman (MCWC), Kathleen Corbiere (MCWC), Kathy Vail (MCWC), Mary Kay Voss (MCWC), Luanne Kunz (YWCA) and Judy Cromwell (MCWC).

For the sixth consecutive year the Mill Creek Women's Club November program has featured a live and silent auction to benefit YWCA “Pathways for Women.” Each year the amount of the donation has increased. This year's auction was outstanding and the donation amount increased $13,500.00 from 2012. Women's Club members Vicki Wellman and Kathleen Corbiere announced that they were going to chair the auction next year and do even better!

The donation will benefit the YWCA Pathways Children's Domestic Violence Program.

One hundred percent of the money raised will contribute to this valuable program. None of the money raised goes to offset the costs of the auction, Mill Creek Women's Club pays all of the costs of putting on the auction.

The YWCA Pathways Children’s Domestic Violence Program is the only one of its kind in Washington State. The success rate of breaking the cycle of violence is remarkable and the children become better able to cope with their individual circumstances.

Some of these children remain in their homes and some have left those homes with their mothers. The money raised at this year’s auction will add funding to enable counseling of kids in the office, or trained advocates may visit the home of the non-offending parent to counsel the family as a whole in dealing with the drama surrounding domestic violence.

The YWCA “Pathways for Women” program reaches over 1,000 women each year in Snohomish County, helping them to help themselves and their families become independent. It provides emergency shelter as a safe haven for women and their children and helps families that have become homeless to rebuild their lives.

The Mill Creek Women's Club has over 40 volunteers each and every week supporting the YWCA Pathways for Women Working Wardrobe, and contributing approximately 200 hours of service per month. This is a boutique style shopping experience for women in transition who are looking for an outfit for their next job interview.

For more information about Mill Creek Women's Club go to www.millcreekwomensclub.com; or call Sue Ramsey at 425-385-2016, or Judy O’Loughlin at 425 338-0990.

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