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Overwhelming Support for The Women’s Center’s 2013 Gala

Vienna, VA, September2013 – Business leaders from local banking, financial, real estate and technology firms will join forces on November 9, 2013 to support The Women’s Center’s Annual ‘Inspiring Women Benefit’ Gala to be held at the Gannett Corporate Headquarters in McLean, VA.

Representatives from local corporations, government and the community will come together to celebrate the Inspiring

Women—our clients—who inspire us every day, while raising funds so The Center can continue its mission of serving women, men and families with psychological, career, financial and legal needs regardless of their ability to pay.

The Gala will benefit almost 4,000 individuals from our local community, and keep The Center’s free and sliding fee scale services accessible for the uninsured and underinsured. The Center provides almost 30,000 hours of counseling to nearly 2,500 women, men and children each year, making it the largest charitable provider of mental health services in Northern Virginia. Funds raised from this event will support counseling for clients coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, mental health disorders, martial and family problems, separation and divorce, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

Since 1974, The Women’s Center has paved the way for women, men, children and their families on their journey to insight, education and independence. Stacy Schwartz of AT&T is the 2013 Gala Honorary Chair, and Nicole Geller of GCS and Denise Manning of Manning Outcomes as co-chairs of the Inspiring Women Benefit Committee.

“Organizations are increasingly realizing the business benefit of investing in the mental health as well as investing in the professional and personal development of their employees,” said Carol Loftur-Thun, The Women’s Center’s CEO & Executive Director. “We need the support of corporations, government and community members so The Center can continue to provide key mental wellness and other support services for our community. Over 60% of our clients receive counseling on a free, sliding fee and reduced fee basis, and 30% of our clients have either lost their jobs or are otherwise unemployed—without The Center, they would have nowhere to turn. And just last year, The Center answered 1,641 calls and provided advocacy, support and counseling for 435 domestic violence victims. It’s the support of generous individuals, businesses, government and the community that allow us to keep providing free, reduced fee and sliding fee scale services for women, men and families facing serious crises and life challenges.”

For more information on the 2013 Benefit event, to sign on as a benefit sponsor, donate or purchase tickets, visit www.inspiringwomenbenefit.org.

About The Women’s Center

The mission of The Women’s Center is to improve the psychological, career, financial and legal well-being of women, men and families, regardless of their ability to pay. The Center’s staff includes 65 mental health therapists, career counselors, and leadership development professionals who provide more than 32,000 hours of services each year including individual and group counseling each year, psychological assessment and mediation services, advocacy, support and outreach to victims of domestic and sexual violence, career and financial education, mediation, and leadership development for women. Founded in 1974, this 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofit organization continues to be a key safety net nonprofit provider for the Metro DC region, as well as a major training facility for mental health professionals, under the leadership of CEO & Executive Director Carol Loftur-Thun. The Center provides high quality yet affordable services, and ensures that financial need is not a barrier to receiving services. For more information, visit www.thewomenscenter.org. For additional press information, contact Carol Loftur-Thun by email at carol@thewomenscenter.org or by phone at (703) 346-5104. Follow us on twitter at @womenscenterorg or on facebook at www.facebook.com/WomensCenterVienna

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