8th Annual Benefit for Survivors of Domestic Violence
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 26, 2021 – The Salvation Army of Knoxville hosted its 8th annual Cup of Hope luncheon event today to raise awareness for the Joy D. Baker Center, a shelter that serves women and children who have experienced domestic violence. The event took place today, Oct. 26, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Lighthouse located at 6800 Baum Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37919.
“Cup of Hope is the Salvation Army of Knoxville’s signature event to raise funds for the Joy D. Baker Center and its mission of providing safety, shelter, and restoration; rebuilding lives and guiding victims of domestic violence to a fresh new start to life” said Noreen Norton, Development Director for The Salvation Army of Knoxville. “We are grateful for the outpouring support from donors, attendees, volunteers and supporters at today’s event so that we could shine a light on the issue, lift up the survivors and educate the community on resources available.”
The Joy D. Baker Center serves women, with or without children, affected by domestic violence but also serves as a shelter for homeless women with children. Safety is a top priority in the monitored, secure facility. In addition to providing housing and meals, the 24-hour staff serve as counselors and liaisons with both the court and the school systems and can assist with job placement or referrals to other agencies.
In lieu of a silent auction, event attendees purchased “Gift of Hope” boxes for $25 or $50 which contained surprise gifts generously donated by area businesses. Every box contained a gift equivalent to or greater than the purchase amount and the blind purchase proceeds added to the amount raised for today’s event.
During the luncheon, a domestic violence survivor shared her emotional, personal testimony that truly encapsulates the impact The Joy D. Baker Center can make in the lives of the women and children it serves. The Salvation Army also knows that not all women leave their domestic violence environment in time – so in honor of those lost to domestic violence, there was an empty table in honor and remembrance.
Almost $50,000 was raised by the event today for the Joy D. Baker Center during the Cup of Hope event.
The Salvation Army of Knoxville would like to thank their sponsors:
Presenting sponsors: Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation and Regal Foundation
Shield Partners: Shafer Insurance Agency, First Horizon, Graham Corporation
Hope Partner: Scott Callicutt – Premier Surgical Center
Doing the Most Good Partners: One & All, G-Lab Group and Volunteer Mechanical Inc. As well as in-kind donations from numerous businesses to support the event set-up and the Gift of Hope boxes.
For additional information on The Salvation Army’s resources for Domestic Violence Recovery, visit: https://www.salvationarmyknoxville.org/
About The Salvation Army of Knoxville
The Salvation Army provides services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information on how you can volunteer your time, visit http://salvationarmytennessee.org/knoxville/.