Zonta Club of Southern Ocean County receive Proclamation of Domestic Violence Awareness, impact community during 16 Days of Activism


Zonta Club of Southern Ocean County President Debbie Casale and member Diane Gorgy receive a proclamation of Domestic Violence Awareness from Tuckerton Mayor Sue Marshall (right). (Photo: The SandPaper)

In October, the Zonta Club of of Southern Ocean County, New Jersey, received proclamations from two local towns, Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor, at their respective Township Committee Meetings recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Tuckerton Mayor Sue Marshall, who presented the proclamation to Club President Debbie Casale, is also a  Zontian and club board member.

Lisa Stevens, the Township Committee member who presented the Little Egg Harbor proclamation to Debbie, is a former Zontian and is now the vice president of the non-profit organization, HEAAT (Help Educate & Advocate Against Human Trafficking).

At the club’s  November meeting, the members assembled “first night kits,” for donation to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.  These kits contain a variety of personal care items, including toothpaste, a toothbrush, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, a comb, ear swabs and feminine care products. Many of the women staying at the rescue mission are victims of domestic violence, and the kits are greatly appreciated.

Additionally, on 29 November 13 “cuddle kits” were assembled for children of families staying at the mission. Each cuddle kit contains a hand-crocheted or handmade blanket, age-appropriate books, stuffed animals and mittens/hats.

The final activity, “An Evening of Fun With Friends,” was a fundraiser held on 9 December at a local restaurant called Calloway’s. Money raised from this event benefits HEAAT, which  does everything from lobbying for stricter laws against human trafficking to reuniting young victims with their families. Zonta and HEAAT literature was provided for the guests of the fundraiser, and many potential new Zonta recruits were identified.

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