This is my third year volunteering with the Chick Ball. I have a lot of reasons why I volunteer, but the most important reason is because I have seen too many wonderful people beaten and emotionally decimated by loved ones. I’ve heard too many excuses from strong, brilliant people about why their parent, sibling or partner is justified in treating them abominably.
It’s an easy thing to say, “The first time a man hits me, I’m out the door.” It’s an automatic, brainless and rational reaction to the idea of violence, but it does not encompass all the factors that can influence a situation: children, pets, finances, vows, shame, pride, fear and love. It doesn’t take into account the gradual whittling away of self-worth that usually precludes a violent act. The hard-and-fast rule we’re taught doesn’t account for an abuser’s remorse, apologies or promises.
We often focus on the families and aftermath of abuse. This year, the Chick Ball is raising money to help fund an intervention program (the first of its kind in Jackson) to work with abusers who want to make good on their promises of “never again.” Personal change and growth is rough, but it’s doable, especially with help. Studies have shown 15 percent of those who completed an abuse intervention program were rearrested for domestic violence, compared with 37 percent of those who dropped out of the program.
All seriousness aside, the Chick Ball is hugely fun without diminishing the gravity of the issue at hand. We need volunteers in all aspects of planning and execution of the event, and you meet amazing, motivated, formidable women. If you can’t volunteer, please consider donating artwork or goods for door prizes and silent auction pieces, or even sponsorship ($50 is our base level of sponsorship.) Above all, just come and enjoy the fruits of our hard work.
2009 Chick Ball Poster (please print and distribute!)
2009 Chick Ball Sponsorship Sheet
And feel free to repost this little press release anywhere you like!
SATURDAY, July 25, 2009
6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Hal & Mal’s Red Room
The Jackson Free Press will present its 5th Annual JFP Chick Ball, an affordable night of music, art, spoken word and performance that has raised thousands of dollars in the last two years to honor the Center for Violence Prevention. All proceeds from the door, art auction and direct donations will be presented to the center following the event. Sign up for our Twitter feed @jfpchickball so you don’t miss anything.
This year, the event will be bigger than ever, with dozens of businesses and artists in and around Jackson donating door prizes and artwork for the art auction. Our cause is more ambitious as well: instead of concentrating on the aftermath, we’re going for the root of the problem. We’re looking to raise some of the initial funding for a program to help abusers stop being abusers. This will be the only domestic abuse intervention program of its kind in and around Jackson.
Specifics: Learn more about the Duluth Model, the most replicated woman abuse intervention model in the country.
The line-up of female musical, visual and performance artists is headlined every year by a diverse group of women. We’ll be sure to make a big announcement when the lineup is finalized.
Saturday, July 25th, 6 p.m. Admission is only $5 – and only $10 to get your chance at a door prize.
Hal and Mal’s Red Room
Because we want to help the CVP works for their important cause – putting a stop to domestic violence in our community.
- Diva – $2,500+
- Goddess – $1,000
- Queen – $500
- Princess – $250
- Chick/Rooster – $50
Call 601.362.6121 ext. 2, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about volunteering, sponsorships and donations for silent auction.