Wednesday, March 27, 2013
On April 15, the Georgetown County Family Justice Center will open a new safe house for battered women.
In an effort to help with the expenses of the shelter, Georgetown County Sheriff Lane Cribb is hoping to get a commitment from 500 people who will pledge to make a $100 annual donation.
Although the fundraising effort is called Georgetown Men Endorsing Nonviolence (G-MEN), Cribb says anyone of either gender can support the program.
A fundraiser was held Sunday at Greenfield Plantation which raised nearly $30,000 towards the goal.
Cribb said he was in his house one night trying to figure out how to get men to support the shelter when the idea of G-MEN came to him.
This week’s event was the second fundraiser that has been held.
He said he is hoping if the 500 annual contributor goal is achieved, the shelter will be able to operate comfortably.
Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said South Carolina has the second-highest domestic violence death rate in the country which is why the shelter is so important.
“There is a lot of work to be done but this is a good start,” Richardson said of the G-MEN program.
He said the goal of 500 is achievable and believes if it is not reached this year it will be met next year.
For more information about G-MEN, sponsorship opportunities or information about the Family Justice Center, call Donna Moeller at 843-436-6066.
To become a member or a sponsor visit www.fjcgeorgetown.org, or send a check payable to FJC/G-Men to P.O. Box 366, Georgetown, SC 29442.
By Scott Harper
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