On Wednesday, April 22, we are participating in Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s biggest charitable event. On this day, local businesses all across our city will give up a percentage of their sales to charity. More than 30 of them–including The Shoe Hive–are offering a “Customer Choice” option, which means that you can designate literally any school or charity in the country to benefit!
However, if you don’t have a preference or just want to know that your donation is going to a worthy cause, we will be donating 10% of sales to the Center for Alexandria’s Children (CAC). CAC is the City’s primary resource for the prevention, investigation and treatment of child abuse. The organization coordinates the City’s response to a child who is abused to minimize trauma to the child victim and get families the help they need to heal, while also working to prevent child sexual and physical abuse by strengthening families and training those who work with children to prevent, recognize and report abuse.
It was our good friend and stylist Kathryn Martin who first introduced us to CAC and we have asked her to join us on the evening of April 22 for a special event in honor of their relationship. According to Kathryn, “The Center for Alexandria’s Children came onto my radar a few years ago when my dear friend from my Saint Mary’s Academy days, Ellen Folts (who sits on the Board of Directors), came to me and asked me to do a fashion presentation to the CAC Gala Host Committee for their upcoming Mad-Men-themed fundraiser. I got to speak to a wonderful group of people about the fashions and culture of the 60s decade. At that event, I was incredibly impressed to learn about what the CAC does from its dedicated leader, Giselle Pelaez. To put it in a nutshell, the CAC has created an environment for the children of Alexandria where they can safely come and tell their story of sexual or physical abuse one time only, to the appropriate multi-disciplinary team of people from the City. Additionally, the CAC focuses on education of the public about this abuse and facilitates treatment for families and individuals who have experienced it. They have created real, systemic change in the system so that it works in a better and healthier way for the people that are in it.
I spent another 3 years speaking to the Host Committee on different fashions and decades, depending on their gala’s theme and each year, I met more people and learned more about the good work the CAC does every day. Believe me when I tell you, these people work tirelessly to advocate for the children and, as you can imagine, they know all-to-well the horrors that some of the kids have faced. It was with that in mind that when last September, I was offered the opportunity to join the Board of Directors, I jumped at the chance. I felt I needed to offer more of my own time and energy to a cause that is making a real and deep change in so many people’s lives. If you’re interested in learning more about what and how the CAC works, please visit www.centerforalexandriaschildren.org.”
You can also join us on Wednesday from 6-9PM to chat with Kathryn–about CAC, your spring style questions or anything in between. We’ll gather for cocktails in the courtyard and have extended our shopping hours so that you can take full advantage of the opportunity to contribute to a local cause that brings about real change in our community.