Domestic Violence Services' Hope Within Luncheon on Sept. 19 addresses those 'Weathering the Storm'

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County will be staging its seventh annual Hope Within Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Comcast Arena in Everett.

DVS is proud to announce that Karen Bryant, CEO of the Seattle Storm, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event entitled "Domestic Violence: Weathering the Storm."

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., while the program itself will run from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Hope Within Luncheon is conducted annually to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The event is a fundraiser for DVS, as well as a way to bring public awareness to the issue of domestic violence and its devastating effects on individuals, families and the community at large.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $15 per seat, or $125 for a table of 10. As the event is a fundraiser, DVS suggests a donation of $50 at the event, but honors donations of any size.  Donations received at the event will help to continue the free and confidential services and programs offered by DVS.

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County is dedicated to ending domestic abuse in Snohomish County by providing a wide range of services to victims, and by facilitating social change. DVS offers assistance in numerous ways, including a 24-hour hotline which answers more than 5,800 calls each year, a confidential emergency shelter serving more than 300 women and children, transitional housing for 20 families, support groups for more than 1,300 members, legal advocacy for more than 3,200, and a children's program which serves more than 400 children.

Stephanie Civey, special events coordinator for DVS, can be contacted for seating reservations or with any questions, via email at or by phone at or 425-259-2827, ext. 13.

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