The Women’s Group of Mount Vernon is hosting a Grand Day ceremony Saturday to celebrate domestic violence survivors and tribute to those who lost their lives.
“Grand Day is an opportunity for people to heal, be encouraged, to feel inspired and be strengthened," Women's Group co-founder and survivor of domestic violence Mattie Palmore said in a release. “Participants will leave this conference emerging as butterflies, knowing they are on the edge of greatness.”
Keynote speaker and domestic violence survivor Donna Marzigiliano, will share her story during the event. Other survivors will also be on hand to encourage those who are facing physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner.
One such survivor is book publisher Tenickia Polk, who came to the group feeling hopeless and isolated, but then emerged as an entrepreneur. TP Rewards publishes culturally sensitive books that educate and inspire people of all ages.
“Statistics show that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime,” said Polk. “Though I am a strong believer in the sanctity of marriage, because of the Mount Vernon Women’s Group, I learned that the consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime. I wanted to end this violence before it crossed over to the next generation.”
TP Rewards has partnered with local author Dr. Lisa Ramirez to donate copies of her book Dulified to survivors attending the event.
Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Jeff McKay, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Virginia State Delegate Scott Surovell and Virginia State Senator Toddy Puller are expected to attend Saturday’s event.
The event is free of charge and free childcare will be available on site. The celebration will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gum Springs Community Center.