Public aids women’s shelter


Staff Writer

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Organizers of My Sister’s House of North Carolina’s annual Empty Chair fundraiser are calling this year’s event another success for the organization.

My Sister’s House of North Carolina held its fourth annual Empty Chair fundraiser Thursday night in Rocky Mount. The event raises money for the center, which also has offices in Nashville and Tarboro. It is also aimed at raising awareness about the problem of domestic violence and is coordinated in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Dozens of people attended Thursday’s event. Emily Lemus, executive director of My Sister’s House, said at least 75 people were counted in attendance. She added more than $4,000 was raised through the event. Much of the money was raised through a raffle and a silent auction while another portion was raised through tickets sold for the event ahead of time. 

Lemus said more than 30 items were donated for the raffle and auction from a variety of businesses, including Salon Genesis, The Bath Place, Lou Reda’s An American Table, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Chic-Fil-A of Cobb Corners and Miranda’s Sweet Addictions among other businesses.

Lemus said the importance of the support shown by the public for Thursday’s event and other events that My Sister’s House holds cannot be understated.

“Awareness of domestic violence and the services provided by MSH empowers members of the community when they are approached by someone in crisis or find themselves in crisis,” she said. “The financial support provided to the center helps fund and expand our services to the community.”

She added the public’s continued support for the center and its efforts shows that people want to help make a difference in combating domestic violence.

“By attending MSH events and donating their time and money, people send a message that domestic violence is important, that the victims matter and that family violence is unacceptable.”

Almost 60 North Carolinians have died so far this year as a result of domestic violence, Lemus said. One of those victims was a Nash County resident. She added that of the 58 North Carolinians who have died so far this year as a result of domestic violence, 15 were men, 40 were women and three were children ages 5, 2, and newborn.

More information on My Sister’s House of North Carolina and its services is available at http://www.mshnc.org.