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State’s first lady to speak at local fundraiser

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Kristin Cooper

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

North Carolina first lady Kristin Cooper will be speaking at The Empty Chair event that will be hosted Thursday by My Sister’s House of Nash and Edgecombe Counties.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mobley Atrium of the Thomas S. Fleming Center on the Tarboro campus of Edgecome Community College. Tickets to the event are $50 and available online through Wednesday as long as supplies last.

This is the fifth year the event has been held.

“The Empty Chair Event is our biggest fundraiser each year,” said Emily Lemus, executive director of My Sister’s House, a nonprofit organization that provides help and support to victims of domestic violence in the Twin Counties. “We are especially pleased this year to have Kristin Cooper come to speak about the status of women and children in North Carolina.”

The event will feature a dinner catered by Myrtle Grove Plantation in Macclesfield and a silent and live auction to help raise funds for My Sister’s House. 

Lemus said the event is called The Empty Chair because chairs will be left vacant to symbolize the lives lost to domestic violence each year across North Carolina. This year, at least 42 chairs will be empty, including three chairs representing children who were slain. One chair will represent a Nash County woman who was killed in Halifax County this year as the result of domestic violence.

“It is a powerful visual, seeing all these empty chairs. When this happens, there is loss on all sides,” Lemus said. “No one wants their child or brother or sister to be a victim and no one wants them to be the aggressor, either. But this happens in a lot of families that would never expect it.”

For more information about the event, call Emily or Samantha at 252-316-8444 or email them at msh05@suddenlinkmail.com. To purchase tickets online, go to Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/2R6s7ws.

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