@CasinoCouture: Fabulous Food, Fashion & Fun for a Great Cause!

The winding driveway that led to Gaylord Spring’s Golf Club set the stage for a classic evening. Planned and publicized by Nashville’s own “Top 30 under 30,” Kia Jarmon and Sharica Smallwood, the Casino Couture event was well attended. Hosted by 107.5 The River’s Intern Adam, the cuisine, theme inspired attire of guests, entertainment and casino games provided an opportunity to raise funds as well as awareness for domestic violence.

The 1960s Vegas inspired event and silent auction was a collaborative effort of the Little Black Dress Club, and the Mary Parrish Center (MPC). With proceeds to benefit MPCs expanded mission for the inclusion of a therapeutic transitional living program. Valerie Wynn, MPC Executive Director, revealed it is “the only single-site therapeutic transitional living program specifically developed to serve survivors with ‘special needs’ that may have been unable to find housing elsewhere and all of our services are provided free of charge.”

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that “domestic violence is one the most chronically unreported crimes, which results in 16,800 homicides due to intimate partner violence, annually.

One night, a young lady walked into the house after celebrating her birthday with friends. She placed her purse on the counter and ceremoniously checked the answering machine, her bones shivered as screams from the recorded message followed the time/date stamp. It was the twin sister of her Aunt, her voice hollow, but heavy with sorrow. Between the crying, her niece was able to determine that her Aunt’s twin sister was found murdered, by her husband. The wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend was killed in October, which is also Domestic Violence Awareness month. Annually, that young lady celebrates her Aunt with fond memories of her life and legacy.

It is the safe haven of places like the Mary Parrish Center’s therapeutic transitional living center that help the abused escape the unsafe harbors of domestic violence. Awareness and funding are vital to the cause because they help remove the stigma associated with seeking assistance. Casino Couture’s event sponsors, coordinators and guests are to be commended; it was a night to be remembered. This year, it also helped the young lady previously mentioned, honor her Aunt in style.

For more information or to donate to the The Mary Parrish Center, visit www.MaryParrish.org. For additional information about The Little Black Dress Club or to join the organization, go to www.lbdclub.com.

In loving memory of Joan Fain Wilson

Joan Wilson

November 9, 1954 - October 10, 2004 

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