Over 150 homicide victim-survivors are expected to attend 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence’s 10th annual PURPLE Gala, a dinner and fundraiser to help survivors of homicide victims on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Columba Catholic Church Hall at 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.
The Holiday Dinner is complimentary for Parents or Next of Kin who have lost loved ones to homicide in Oakland (2017-18).
“We want to honor grieving families so that they will know someone cares and that they do not have to suffer in silence. We also need an ongoing dialogue with homicide investigators who play a significant role in the progressive healing and closure for homicide victim-survivors,” said Lorrain Franklin-Taylor, founder of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence.
1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence will honor Joan Banks, “Survivor of the Year” a mother who lost her son to homicide; and Officer Jason Turner, “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” who has gone beyond the call of duty to protect and to serve. Additional honorees include Tywan Taylor of Camp Sweeney, Iris Merriouns, Chief of Staff for Oakland City Council President Larry Reid (District 7) and Wilma Wesley, 1000 Mothers Volunteer. The PURPLE Gala will be an evening to remember homicide victims by hanging an origami bird or angel on the “Tree of Remembrance” in their memory and an opportunity to offer grief support to homicide victims-survivors.
Lorrain Franklin-Taylor, founder, who lost both twin sons (at the same time) in Oakland, will be the keynote speaker.
“Like a rose, a grieving heart is so fragile; even the slightest touch can bruise it.” Your presence matter to us—more than words. The painful journey has been indescribable; but God still work miracles,” Franklin-Taylor said.
1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence’s mission is to alleviate the detrimental impact of violence by providing ongoing practical support & services to victim-survivors which include COPE, (a grief support group held every 2nd Saturday at Market St. SDA Church), outreach and prevention, advocacy, mental health referrals, peer support and crisis intervention.
The PURPLE Gala is being sponsored in part by The Northern California Conference of the Seventh Day Adventists; St. Columba Catholic Church, ACLU and the Oakland Police Department. The holiday dinner will be catered by world-renowned Chef V. W. Chu, operator of the Veg Hub.
Proceeds from the PURPLE Gala will benefit homicide victim-survivors. This event is open to the public. Visit www.1000mothers.org for more information.
Suggested ticket donation is $75.00 (includes dinner). Free for homicide victims’ next of kin (2017-18). Please RSVP to receive complimentary ticket by calling 510-581-0100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.