From: Crystal Hegge
WRC executive director
Last week, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) had a successful concert at the First Congregational Church. The church has been hosting live music since February 2015 and this year Café Congo agreed to do a benefit show for the WRC. It was the grand finale after an exciting month of Domestic Violence Awareness Month events. October 2019 featured a robust schedule of activities. The board and staff came together for two important reasons: to raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in our community and get people talking about mitigating the impact of trauma. We are incredibly thankful to our partners in the community including: Frozen River Film Festival, Winona County Historical Society, Minnesota College Southeast, Winona State University, Saint Mary’s University, Winona Health, artist Joy Davis Ripley, Winona Fire Department, Winona Police Department, the Winona County Sheriff’s Office, the Winona County Attorney’s Office, and the businesses that contributed. We saw many businesses setting up purple window displays, individuals and elected officials dying their hair purple and citizens sporting the color purple in support of building awareness. Mayor Mark Peterson made a proclamation to make October Domestic Violence Awareness Month to encourage all of us to advocate for a safe and violence-free community. At our final event, we came together to watch eight incredible female musicians play the Where Women Are Strong concert. The event drew over 100 people and raised $1,200 of free-will donations to support the WRC’s mission. Please support future Café Congo events and all our community supporters. It takes all of us working together to build a resilient community.