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September 16, 2009 > Open your eyes to domestic violence

Open your eyes to domestic violence

Submitted By Helen Zou
Photos By courtesy of Sherri Plaza

Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) will be holding their seventh annual Breakfast Eye Opener on Friday, September 25th from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fremont Marriott. The breakfast will be emceed by community member Brandon Sass and feature two guest speakers who will share their experiences with domestic violence and how they have survived with the help of SAVE. Speakers will talk about the vicious cycle of domestic abuse, physical and mental obstacles that create the feeling of inability to escape, their liberation, and lingering remnants of harmful behavior patterns that affect them to this day. "This year's breakfast will definitely inspire and touch everyone who attends; our hope is that people walk away realizing how scary and real domestic violence is, how someone we know could be in an abusive relationship and the critical need for SAVE in our community," said Development Manager, Sherri Plaza.

Founded in 1976, SAVE is a local non-profit community-based organization that promotes and provides alternative solutions to domestic violence victims through support services, advocacy, and education. Emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, teen-dating violence prevention education, individual counseling, support groups, and legal, employment, and housing assistance are just some of the services SAVE provides that help victims break free of their violent environment. However, many of these services are now in danger because recent state budget cuts have eliminated at least 20% of SAVE's annual budget. This financial shortfall makes this year's Breakfast Eye-Opener even more significant.

In the past six years, the annual Breakfast Eye Openers has raised over $160,000, which translates to an additional 320 women, men, and children whose lives have been helped by SAVE. Along with a full breakfast, a ticket will also provide an education on the tough issue of domestic violence. "We hear from so many people who attend SAVE's Eye Opener that this is their favorite fundraising event of the year. I think this is because not only are they contributing much needed revenue to SAVE, but they become much more aware of how domestic violence affects us as individuals and as a society," said Plaza.

Tickets to the event are $75 and all proceeds directly benefit SAVE services. Purchase tickets online at or call 510-574-2266. Sponsors for this event include Fremont Bank Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and Washington Hospital Healthcare Systems. Sponsorship opportunities are still available online or by calling SAVE. Chairperson Marlene Weibel and her dedicated committee have been hard at work to ensure that this is one breakfast you won't want to skip.

SAVE Breakfast Eye Opener
Friday, September 25
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Fremont Marriott
46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont
(510) 574-2262

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