Community rises to call to support Alicia’s Voice PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:53
Kathy Newlove, seen on February 6, 2013, outside Alicia's Voice in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
There's been an unanticipated groundswell of public support for Alicia's Voice following an article in last Thursday's Sentinel-Tribune announcing the agency's imminent closure due to lack of funds. So much so that organizers are doing a partial about-face.
"We are going ahead with the dinner," said Alicia's Voice founder and board president Kathy Newlove. She is referring to a gala fundraising dinner-dance called the My Big Fat Tacky Wedding Reception slated for this Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Veteran's Building at Bowling Green City Park.
According to Newlove, members of the public have expressed dismay at the thought of Alicia's Voice closing, and a determination to change the fate of the six-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to helping Wood County victims of domestic violence get out of their abusive relationships.
In just the past week "I have gotten over $2,500 in my Paypal account on Alicia's Voice.
"I have gotten people coming to my door with donations, and a lot of calls from people wanting to come to the dinner-dance," said Newlove.
A week ago only 15 tickets had been sold. That number is now up to 50, with more welcome.
Tickets will continue to be sold throughout this week, as well as at the door on Saturday evening.
"It's just wonderful. I am ecstatic," said Newlove. "And it's because of the article" that the Sentinel-Tribune ran.
In light of the public's heartening response, Alicia's Voice board members may revisit the issue of the organization's future.
"It's still undecided whether we will keep the headquarters" at 344 S. Main St. in Bowling Green, Newlove said.
But one thing is now certain. "We're going to keep going forward with education for these women. It's what is going to sustain them and their families."
To make reservations for the My Big Fat Tacky Wedding Reception, call Newlove at (419) 308-3422 or visit the website at .

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