He said economic problems are drying up funds for many charities, so it is more important than ever to provide support. Stressful times also mean shorter tempers for some people, which means danger for those who are in their paths. He said the community - both businesses and individuals - are responsible for helping these people in need.
Dr. Randall Schlievert, who is involved in pediatrics and child abuse programs at the University of Toledo, said there are heroes in the room who help the cause: emergency room personnel, case workers, law enforcement officers, staff members at the center, volunteers, and others.
But it was the testimonials from former clients that brought tears to many eyes. One woman said no one in her life wanted to get involved, so for seven years she kept quiet and told herself the abuse wasn't that bad. The center gave her the courage to become a survivor rather than a victim.
About 150 supporters lunched for the cause. The estimated net was nearly $23,000.
Board member Dr. Jonna McRury was the event chairman. The table hostesses included Pat Bullard, Luann Croy, Susan El Shafie, Cathy Furey, Jane Larsen, and B.J. Snavely. Other sponsors included Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, Merrill Lynch, Columbia Gas, Toledo Children's Hospital/ProMedica, and the William Vaughan Co.
The Center's mission is to intervene and educate to reduce family violence. For more information go to fcapc.org.