GlamHer 2015 was a huge success!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deborah Steinkopf, Executive Director
503‐232‐1528, ext 203
Portland, OR (May 8, 2015) – Bradley Angle’s annual signature event, GlamHer was a huge success!
Last night, May 7, Portland’s famous drag queen, Poison Waters emceed the sassy, stylish affair at the Nines in downtown Portland. The 400 guests in attendance donated over $147,00 to support survivors of domestic violence. In addition to those funds, all the donations over $1,000 will see a one-to-one match by the Maybelle Clark MacdonaldFund.
Bradley Angle’s executive director, Deborah Steinkopf, remarked on the evening, “We broke several records with this year’s GlamHer. The generosity of our guests was unprecedented. And the amount of fun had last night reached a whole new level.”
Bradley Angle became the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast when they opened their doors 40 years ago. In honor of their founding, the theme of the night was 1975. Drag queens and guests alike sported ‘70s attire, disco music played, and people had a chance to get their photo taken with some of Portland’s most notable drag queens.
Guests enjoyed the opportunity to mingle, taste wine and food from around the Pacific Northwest, and bid on fantastic auction packages to support survivors of domestic violence. Guests had chances to win exquisite wines from Oregon and Washington as well as one-of-a-kind accessories from local designers.
One highlight of the evening demonstrated the impact of community support. Melissa, a survivor, came to Bradley Angle’s shelter six years ago with her children on Christmas Eve. She bravely spoke at the event about how Bradley Angle helped her in a way that no one else could. “There are people and organizations like Bradley Angle that are there to help you. They did it for me and they’ll do it for anyone who has a voice to say ‘help.’” Today, Melissa is a teacher and likes to spend time with her two children.
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About Bradley Angle:
Bradley Angle opened the West Coast’s first domestic violence shelter in 1975 and in the four decades since, has developed innovative programs that address the complex needs of survivors and their children. Bradley Angle is devoted to building communities that are free from domestic violence and oppression, where loving, compassionate, and equitable relationships exist for all people.
Meet our newest Board Member
At their April meeting, the Bradley Angle Board of Directors voted unanimously for Allyson Klein to join their ranks. Ms. Klein is one of 11 members representing different businesses and sectors governing the organization, which provides services to survivors of domestic violence.
Ms. Klein is a Marketing Director at Intel, where she oversees leadership marketing engagement for Intel’s Data Center group.
At the meeting, Bradley Angle Board Chair, Harlan Barcus welcomed our newest member. “We are delighted to have Ms. Klein join our team of hardworking board members to lend her perspective and expertise in stewarding Bradley Angle’s important mission.”
Allyson is excited to attend GlamHer 2015, her first official Bradley Angle event since joining the Board!
Challenge from Maybelle Clark Macdonald FundExciting news to share! For the entire year, the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has generously offered to match all donations of $1,000 or more made to Bradley Angle, up to $50,000! This means that all those donations will be doubled, and Bradley Angle could see up to $100,000 in donations for survivors of domestic violence. Thank you Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund for leveraging our donors’ gifts. And thank you for helping support survivors.
The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund is a private grant-making foundation formed in 1970. Their mission is to relieve the misfortune and promote the well-being of mankind.
From the Archives: Part Two
Growing within the Violence Against Women Movement
As awareness about domestic violence grew back in the early days of the movement, and the early days of Bradley Angle, so did the need for more shelters, more coordination of services and more policies to protect survivors and ensure adequate funding for services. The early workers of Bradley Angle became involved in the formation of both statewide and national coalitions, including the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), both launched in 1978. Thanks to the work of the NCADV, in collaboration with other advocacy groups, individuals, and elected officials, there is now federal legislation that provides additional funding for support services and vital legal protections for victims of domestic violence.
Why they believe in this work: A Q&A with tash shatz
Back in October, tash shatz hit the ground running as Bradley Angle’s LGBTQ program coordinator. We finally had a moment to sit down and chat about why they do this work. A long-time LGBTQ activist, tash opened up about their connection to this work and the intersection of domestic violence and LGBTQ issues.
What’s your history working with the LGBTQ community?
I’ve been working in LGBTQ communities for over 10 years. When I was in high school in Colorado I did a lot of LGBTQ advocacy and then I moved to Portland and started doing that at Portland State University through the student government as an equal rights advocate, representing LGBTQ students and students with disabilities. Then I got to work with Basic Rights Oregon and ended up being there for about five years, helping to start and develop the trans justice program and support the racial justice program. A lot of that work was policy and advocacy-focused, making laws and policies and institutions better and more accessible for trans people.
From Our Archives: Part One
Many people don’t know that before Bradley Angle opened, our founder Bonnie Tinker had helped establish Prescott House in 1971 in Northeast Portland. Prescott House served primarily as a shelter for women released from prison. As time went on, it became apparent to the organizers and residents of Prescott House that more and more of the women seeking shelter were escaping violent partners. Helping these women soon became the new organizing model for their work, and in 1975, a group of staff and volunteers decided to purchase a new house to be designated for survivors of domestic violence. This group of young, primarily lesbian activists secured support and fiscal sponsorship from the American Friends Service Committee and founding board members Kay Sohl and Jean DeMaster provided critical advice to the project and helped the young organization file for nonprofit status.
This new venture became known as Bradley Angle, named after two of the first residents of Prescott House who lost their lives to drugs and violence: Sharon Bradley and Pam Angle. By memorializing these women, Bradley Angle’s founders sought to help us remember the importance of the shelter’s existence.
In true Portland fashion, our community responded. Volunteers, supporters and neighbors helped Bradley Angle’s founders navigate City Hall to get a residential care facility license and donated furniture, beds and linens to make the house a home. The Collins Foundation was an early funder and has supported Bradley Angle annually since 1976. The United Way of Columbia-Willamette began their support one year later, in 1977.
Bradley Angle was the first domestic violence shelter to be opened on the entire west coast, and one of the first in the country. The shelter was confidentially located and the staff were predominantly unpaid. Within days of opening, the shelter was full and has remained so for the last 40 years.
This is part one in a series commemorating our 40th Anniversary. Each month we will share a glimpse into Bradley Angle’s history.
March Madness, Bradley Angle Style
What a month it has been!
We have had some great programmatic successes here at Bradley Angle. The talented staff in our Economic Empowerment Program have been offering tax advice to ensure survivors take full advantage of tax credits for which they are eligible. Community Advisory Committees for our Healing Roots and LGBTQ programs met to discuss community needs and program planning. And, we graduated a new group of 18 participants in our 40-week trauma recovery support group, which included side-by-side group for 11 of their children.
Earlier this month, we participated in a listening session with representatives from the U.S. Office of Violence Against Women and hosted them for a discussion about the Defending Childhood Initiative at the Bradley Angle Resource Center. We shared our unique approaches to helping children who have witnessed violence heal from trauma, build resilience and strengthen the bond with the non-abusing parent. We were honored to be part of this conversation and to showcase our work to strengthen families.
This month we also said goodbye to long-time Fiscal Director Brian Riffel who served on the agency’s leadership team for nine years. We welcome our new Director of Finance and Operations, Terry Miley, who joins Bradley Angle with two decades of experience in nonprofit financial management and accounting. We also welcome Hayley Gibbs, our new Family Advocate working with the Defending Childhood Initiative team.
We are working hard to make GlamHer 2015 even more fun, if that’s possible, playing with a 1975 vibe for the event, as this year we commemorate Bradley Angle’s 40th anniversary of providing life changing and life saving services. We are happy to announce new and returning sponsors for this year’s sassy event, including Vernier Software, Bishops Barbershops, USI, Fred Meyer, Pacific Continental Bank, Besaw’s and Sussman Shank. We are grateful to all of our business partners!
Hope to see you at GlamHer,
Changing Lives. Together.
Imagine a world without domestic violence shelters. A United States without the Violence Against Women Act. No viral videos prompting public conversations about domestic violence. Certainly no haunting Super Bowl ads like the ones we saw this year.
It was in this reality that Bradley Angle was founded.
In 1975 we opened the west coast’s first domestic violence shelter to offer safety and support to women fleeing violent homes. Our founders were also committed to addressing the entrenched silence around domestic violence and the harmful ways survivors were revictimized because of that silence.
In honor of our 40th anniversary, we want to reconnect with those early years of our work, and the many board members, staff, volunteers, and supporters who helped Bradley Angle achieve its important mission over the past four decades. Throughout 2015 we will commemorate this good work through events and communications. Going forward, our eNews will provide a space to reflect on where we’ve been and who helped us along the way. You can also get history updates by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
The landscape around us continues to shift. There is greater awareness about the prevalence and impact of domestic violence, and more protections and safety options for survivors. But the need for services like those offered at Bradley Angle are more critical than ever as many survivors also struggle with poverty and trauma symptoms. Survivors of color and LGBTQ survivors have added challenges to rebuilding their lives because of discrimination and systemic barriers.
Bradley Angle has developed programmatic responses that aim to address these intersections effectively, to make lasting change. We have gotten this far in the evolution of our work because of friends and supporters like you.
We hope you will celebrate this important work with us, this year especially! First up is our annual GlamHer event, slated for May 7th at The Nines. We promise an unforgettable evening with wine, good food, and campy fun with drag queens from Darcelle’s. Tickets are going fast so reserve yours today here!
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