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Women's Group of Mount Vernon to Host Grand Day Celebration

The community event is in its seventh year.

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.

Minister Carol Owens Ford October 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM
God Bless You - Not sure you got my comment! I praise God for your celebration on this coming Saturday. I am a survivor of DM. Married for 25 years, 3 children, a beautiful home in Fairfax County but wearing a mask for the last 10 years of my marriage. I travel the country doing all I can to help victims of DM (women and men). My motto: If You Can Face It, God Can Fix It." I stayed because I thought it was the right thing to do! I did everyting for my Xhusband except iron his underwear. Author of 2 books, OUT! I'm Hurtring But I'm Healing" and "You Can Make It Through The Struggle." Working on my 3rd book between traveling and working in ministry. God is faithful - If we take on step He will take two, three. It's time to take off the mask! Ms. Polk stayed at my home for several months. She is one of my mentees and also belongs to our church, Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, Pastors Alfred & Susie Owens, Washington, DC. As hard as it was, she made it and God has mended her heart! If I can make it on Saturday, I will. Please know that you are about a "good" work!!! Minister Carol Owens Ford
Pastor October 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Truly its good to know that these women who have been degraded has gotten up and has been restored with much strength and encouragement, continue to pursue your dreams it's not over until GOD says it's over, God bless Tenickia Polk we are praying. Pastor Curtis Henderson ONE IN CHRIST INTERNATIONAL ERIE PA.
Mattie L. Palmore October 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Minister Owens Mattie Palmore here co-founder of the women's group thank you for your comments and it is very encouraging. We know that GOD is so Awesome and as a survivor/overcomer I just thank him everyday. Your story is like mine's Thank GOD for bringing us through. Continue to be blessed.

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