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MONTGOMERY (November 6, 2012)— The Family Sunshine Center, the domestic violence shelter program serving Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties, received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay FoundationSM.  In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay FoundationSM awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.

The Family Sunshine Center will use the grant to provide critical support for its shelter program, which provides a safe haven for women and children fleeing an abusive situation in their homes. 

 “We deeply appreciate the ongoing support of the Mary Kay Foundation.  Each dollar we receive works to make possible a better life, free from violence, for a family who has been trapped in a cycle of abuse.  I would like to add that we also benefit greatly from a number of local Mary Kay consultants who volunteer for our mission in many different ways,” said Family Sunshine Center Executive Director Karen Sellers.

The Family Sunshine Center, established in 1981, provides a 24-hour crisis line, safe shelter, counseling, transitional housing and other services to victims of family violence and sexual assault.  Each year, the agency responds to around 2,500 crisis calls; offers shelter to hundreds of women and children who need a safe place to live while they make a plan to live violence-free lives; provides transitional housing for families who need additional support while they work toward their long-term goals; and speaks to thousands of adults and children about the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, healthy versus unhealthy relationships and bullying prevention.  

“The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.” said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President of Government Relations and board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM.  “Through our grants, we honor and support shelters across the country that are having a profound impact for women and children in their communities. Since 2000, we have granted $31 million to help domestic violence shelters meet their critical needs and support their ongoing community efforts.”

About The Mary Kay FoundationSM

The Mary Kay FoundationSM was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, visit marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

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