The Battered Women’s Shelter of San Antonio operates through
Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. and is an emergency shelter that
provides services to local women and children in need.
The shelter always
welcomes monetary and item donations such as baby items, clothing, linens and
personal hygiene items. Their wish list can be found here.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month and on
October 13th the Graduate Student Association sold purple ribbons to raise
awareness for domestic violence and promote the evening’s fundraiser.
The day’s main event was hosted by the Magic Beans Gaming Cafe in
The Graduate Student Association wanted to host a family friendly
game night to collect donations while coming together to have fun for a good
Suggested donation for admission to the game night was $5-$10 or
donation of items from the shelter’s wish list.
“Domestic violence can be
difficult to talk about. We wanted to host a lighthearted event to support the
shelter and raise awareness about domestic violence.” said Kristen Malloy,
secretary for the Graduate Student Association and second year Ph.D. student in
the Radiological Sciences program.
The fun-filled night consisted of
several rounds of (giant!) Jenga, Magic the Gathering, Are you a Werewolf,
Superfight, Apples to Apples, Telestrations, and many more.
A raffle for
monetary donations was held and lucky winners took home some of their favorite
board games that were featured that night.
By the conclusion of the
fundraiser over $1,000 was collected for the Battered Women’s Shelter. Graduate
Student Association representatives met with Agency Volunteer Liaison Linda
Canizales to present the shelter with the donation.
Special thanks to the Magic Beans Gaming CafA© for hosting the
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