We would like to welcome our new Program Coordinator Ophelia Araujo! Ophelia has been instrumental to Create Your Statement over the years. She has served on the Board of Directors as Vice President for five years and has worked in the domestic violence industry for over 20 years. Her compassion for youth and expertise in dating abuse prevention will be a strong asset to Create Your Statement and help empower our community.
Last Friday, Create Your Statement was honored to be the sponsored nonprofit of the night for the Spokane Empire game. There were approximately 3,500-4,000 people in attendance! We brought in just under $2,000 and plan on using the proceeds for new apparel. Thank you to all those who attended and showed their support. Great job tackling dating abuse!
We also had the opportunity to sit down with members of the Spokane Empire Football Team and the Spokane Empire Dance Team to discuss the problems around dating abuse and what we can do to put a stop to it. Check out the video below with our conversation! Each of these individuals are amazing role models for the youth in our community and we should all feel so lucky to have them represent our community!
Special thanks to…
The Spokane Empire
Karen Kiehl, Suzie Dunn, Hannah Holman, the Empire Football Team, and the Empire Dance Team.
Create Your Statement Volunteers
Heidi Lauritzen, Shelli Agost, Rose Anderson, Geri Bacheller, Dawn Funk, Sonja Birdsong, Vicki Moeller, Ophelia Araujo, Michelle DeSpain, Karilynn Cunningham, and Jason Wolther with Vision First Media.
We had a blast at our Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate event on January 26th. Thank you to everyone who turned out to help Create Your Statement kick-off a new year! As many of you know, Statement’s programs are gaining huge momentum and volunteers are an integral part of pushing our mission forward. Without them, Statement would not be where it is today.
We are so appreciative of everyone who came out on September 23rd for the Happy Girls Run Spokane benefiting Create Your Statement. More than 1,000 Happy Girls joined us — we are inspired by each and every one of you!
Athleta’s Happy Girls Run brings together women of all levels of physical fitness and achievement for a race that is nothing short of life-changing for many runners. It’s life-changing for Statement too. Proceeds from the race benefit our programs to help combat dating abuse.
Not only did Happy Girls Run Half Marathon finishers support a great cause, they also received a beautiful piece of custom jewelry made locally by Mishakaudi and a Happy Girls Run T-shirt.
We’d also like to thank all of the volunteers who made this event possible. Also, we’d like to send a BIG thank you to our sponsors. Your help makes all the difference.
2016 Happy Girls Sponsors
Nelson’s Auto Body
RV Craig Construction
Spring Marie Hill (In Memory of)
Kay McGonigle (In Memory of)
Associates for Women’s Health
We are sincerely humbled after receiving the 2016 AGORA Award for Business Excellence in the Small Nonprofit category. What an honor to stand alongside so many other nonprofits who are doing some amazing work in our community.
So what exactly is an AGORA? In ancient Athens, Agora was the marketplace where merchants gathered to sell their goods. Over the past 30 years, more than 400 members of the regional business community have gathered to celebrate business excellence throughout the greater Spokane area. This is a chance for the public and our chamber, Greater Spokane Incorporated, to recognize each of the businesses and nonprofits for the important role they play in the community and for contributing to the region’s economic growth.
We attended the awards ceremony on June 1st, which took place at the beautiful Davenport Grand Hotel. This year’s awards had a 1930s theme and was titled “31-derful Years of Business Excellence.” There was a great turnout with many of the attendees all gussied up in fabulous clothing from the era. We had a blast!
Check out our video spotlight from the awards ceremony:
Here are some photos from the evening:
Thank you to our board, family, and friends for your support in our journey to combat dating abuse. Special thank you to Greater Spokane Incorporated for hosting this wonderful event!