This post was written by C. Y. Cooper
A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the “IT’S IN THE BAG” LUNCHEON & AUCTION held Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The luncheon and auction benefitted the important and extraordinary work of THE LADDER ALLIANCE, a Fort Worth based organization, founded by Sharon Cox. The mission of The Ladder Alliance is to provide women victims of domestic violence and low-income women with the necessary tools to lead self-reliant, independent and successful lives.
On hand for the luncheon and auction were not only supporters of the organization but also several graduates of The Ladder Alliance programs. The silent auction with over 100 items included handbags, jewelry, wine, sports packages and restaurant dining. NBC 5 news anchor Deborah Ferguson was the emcee for the luncheon.
Beside the items up for auction, a powerful, serious display entitled “In Her Shoes……” visible to everyone in attendance, clearly drove home the point regarding domestic violence in our society. Each pair of shoes represented a woman killed in the state of Texas in 2014-2105 by someone who had been an intimate partner along with a tag bearing the name of the woman and the city where she resided.
The Ladder Alliance, an established 501 (c)(3) organization serves between 300-400 women each year. Throughout the year two programs are offered to assist women in their climb to independence. The programs are Basic Computer Skills Training & Professional Office Skills Training.
The Ladder Alliance is located at 1100 Hemphill Street, Suite 302, Fort Worth, TX 76104 or you can call them at 817.834.2100 for more information to assist someone. To see more about them, visit their website by clicking The Ladder Alliance.
Remember “It’s in the bag” because “thisisyourbestyear”.
speak766April 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm
Thank you for posting this. Having experienced an abusive relationship, it is encouraging to see that people are making efforts to promote awareness and help victims. The “In her shoes” display sounds especially moving. Too many victims end up losing their lives to domestic abuse, or at the very least, losing their jobs, friends, and family. Something needs to change. Thank you for writing about this.
thisisyourbestyearApril 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm
The exhibit was chilling. You could just imagine the women who wore the shoes. Thanks for reading.