Dear Friends,
180 Turning Lives Around extends sincere appreciation to the volunteers, sponsors and sailors of the 17th Annual Ms. Race which took place this past weekend. It was a magnificent day on the Sandy Hook Bay for this annual regatta which raised $17,000 and counting! What a terrific milestone to announce that this year’s race has brought over $180,000 cumulatively since the event inception!
Please help us continue raising money in honor of this year’s Ms. Race by texting the word MSRACE to 91999. Donations of all sizes are appreciated.
We extend special thanks to Chris Stone, Commodore 2021 and the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club for providing a home for the Ms. Race and hosting us once again this year. We are forever grateful to Event Chairwomen Diane Kropfl and Eileen Campbell whose dedication and attention to every detail brought together sponsors, donors and female sailors of all ages to participate! These two ladies and their dedicated committee made “all the waves” and we thank each committee member including: Jean Evertsen, Elaine Haher, Karen Harris, Liz Moss, LuAnn Rathemacher, Bill Sabanski, Emily Smith and Corinna Thuss. Special thanks to the group, “The Ocean is Female” for their generous support as a lead sponsor of this event.
The support from the Ms. Race helps 180 assist hundreds of local families like the Mom quoted here: “You provided my children and I with a safe place to sleep during a time in our life when we had no where else to turn. Escaping abuse with three children in the midst of a pandemic, and while unemployed, nearly broke me. But the shelter that you gave me was so much more than a safe place to sleep. Caring staff never left our side, and the emotional support my children and I needed helped anchor us and empowered me to see a new life ahead despite all of the challenges.”
We are especially grateful for the financial support this year as our agency has seen a significant rise in the need for our services. The effects and related stressors of the pandemic has led more families to us then ever before. For example, our Safe House and emergency housing program has served over 200% more families than the year prior, and we are continuing to see the heightened need for counseling across all programs. As a nonprofit agency, our ability to respond to each individual who seeks our help and guidance requires the financial support from events such as the Ms. Race and ongoing donations year-round from our community.
We truly thank you for making it possible for 180 to be a place of hope, safety & comfort for hundreds of Monmouth County families affected by domestic and sexual violence.
With warm regards,
Anna Diaz White
Executive Director
Brian M. Nelson
Board President