PURPLE GALA

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St Columba's Church

6401 San Pablo Avenue

Emeryville, CA 94608

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1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence 9th annual PURPLE GALA, an evening of healing and remembrance for families and friends of homicide victims on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Columba Catholic Church Hall – 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94608.

The PURPLE Gala will feature a delicious holiday dinner (prepared by world renowned Chef Dinari Brown), live music and entertainment and a Tree of Remembrance (please bring photo of loved one). We will also honor a “Survivor of the Year” (TBA); a “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” who has gone beyond the call of duty to protect and to serve (TBA); Rev. Graylin L. Young, “Pastor of the Year”. Also, our special guest, Mrs. Iris Canada, 100, will be honored “Senior Citizen of the Year”. Jodi Hernandez, reporter, NBC Bay Area will be our emcee.

Requested Donation $50

Almost daily, I work with families of victims of crime in our community of Oakland: Parents, siblings and grandparents just like you and me who are coping with the death of a loved one.

1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence was founded because I needed support after the deaths of my 22 year old twin sons to gun violence realizing there was no place to turn. Based on my own experience, 1000 Mothers was founded to provide support and services to victim-survivors; from helping organize funerals; navigating the paperwork and bureaucracy of local government and law enforcement to providing free grief support, groceries, referrals, and home décor.

Our mission is to ease the detrimental impact of violence on homicide victim-survivors families and friend by providing ongoing compassionate support and services.

I am so looking forward to meeting you on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. so that we can share and support one another through this healing journey. Meanwhile, please feel free to call for grief support (510) 581-0100.

Sincerely,

/Lorrain Taylor/ (electronic signature)

Lorrain Taylor, MSW, DMin,

Founder/CEO -1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence

Lorrain Taylor was named Ebony Magazine Power 100 Most Influential African Americans (‘13)

Pax Christi Peacemaker Recipient (‘15)

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