Women's Show-TAKE BACK THE NIGHT-Patty Sanphy/Joy McRae Fox

05/08/04

Women's Blues Review, an ensemble featuring Tampa Bay's most prominent female R& B artists, will present its NINTH ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY BENEFIT CONCERT to focus attention on the issues surrounding domestic violence in our community. The event will be held at Skippers Smokehouse on Sunday, May 9th from 5-9 pm. Volunteers from local domestic violence programs will also sponsor an art auction and a raffle.

Though this annual event is lively and light-hearted, the problem of domestic violence in the Tampa Bay area is not. All proceeds will go directly to the area's three domestic violence agencies: The Spring in Tampa; The Haven in Clearwater; and CASA in Saint Petersburg.

Joy McRae-Fox of The Haven and Meg Altoff, Youth Advocate for The Haven will talk about domestic violence in Tampa Bay on the show. Patty Sanphy, founder of the Women's Blues Review and originator of the event, will talk about the concert.

Since 1996, when the first Mother's Day Benefit Concert was held, public funding for domestic abuse services has decreased. Fundraisers like the Mother's Day Benefit Concert now play a crucial role in keeping these agencies operating-contributing upwards of 30% of their operating budgets. Each agency serves well over 15,000 people every year-all victims of domestic violence situations. Many more are turned away due to lack of space.

The Mother's Day Benefit Concert has been a locally organized grassroots effort that has generated over $6000 for domestic abuse programs in the past two years alone.

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