Alicia's Voice to continue through this year PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:11
Guests dance during the Alicia's Voice "My Big Fat Tacky Wedding Reception" event at the veteran's building in the Bowling Green city park. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Last weekend's fundraising gala for Alicia's Voice turns out to have been a resounding success, a decided turnaround from early indicators.
The "My Big Tacky Wedding Reception" dinner-dance, held Feb. 16 at the Bowling Green City Park Veterans Building, raised "right around $15,000," according to Kathy Newlove. She is the founder of Alicia's Voice, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and providing practical assistance to women and children trapped by domestic violence.
Newlove expressed appreciation to all who attended the gala. "Everyone had so much fun. Heineman's brought excellent wine, Tony Packo's was delicious, and the band was rockin'. It was just a really good time."
The $15,000 raised represents a major rebound from event organizers' initial fears, when - just 10 days before the dance - only 15 tickets had been sold, and it appeared that Alicia's Voice would have to close its doors within weeks.
However, with the healthy infusion of cash that has followed publicizing of the non-profit charity's financial woes, there will still be an Alicia's Voice in Bowling Green through 2013.
"We are going to keep the doors open for one more year," Newlove said. That will include maintaining the current program headquarters at 344 S. Main St.
At the end of a year the lease on the building will be given up, but Alicia's Voice will go forward with a mission of "continuing to educate women," she added.
Alicia's Voice is currently putting six women through STNA (state-tested nursing assistant) schooling, with the goal of giving those women a way to support their families when they graduate. The plan is to help educate other women as well, to the extent that funding allows.
Newlove also vowed to continue her personal education mission, including public speaking in schools and organizations to spread the word about the pervasiveness of domestic violence. Newlove created Alicia's Voice following the 2007 Bowling Green murder of her own daughter, Alicia Castillion, by the father of two of Castillion's children.

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