Garnering Hope and Strength

The women of Cordillera Ranch came together on April 9 to benefit the Kendall County Women’s Shelter at the Marisol Luncheon and Style Show at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch.

In preparation for Fiesta and the spring season, beautiful clothing from Ranch at the Rim was modeled and sold. HEB was the underwriter of the luncheon and donated the beautiful floral centerpieces. Raffle prizes from Neiman Marcus, Clint Orms,  Julian Gold, Celeste, Bergheim Wine Cellars and Green Bull, to name a few, were won, all to raise support for the KCWS. Carroll Dorsey Walker displayed her beautiful jewelry and handbags, giving a percentage of the sales to the Shelter. In total, $18,200 was raised!

Carla Northington, Barbara Wynn, Kay Johnson and Barbara Hill were the originators of the Marisol Luncheon. They wanted to help make a difference in the lives of endangered women and children. As a result, the women in Cordillera Ranch have a real heart for the Shelter since from its inception in 2005. Many volunteer at the Shelter and donate items to the Fabulous Finds Thrift Store of the KCWS.

At the luncheon, Carla thanked the women for contributing to this important and valuable event. “Valuable, because it will open our eyes to the domestic violence that one in four women experience. In the U.S., a woman is abused every 52 seconds. Valuable in that approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year.”

Carla went on to say, “This luncheon is important because you may know someone that is being abused or it may even be you. May this time together be used to open our understanding of the terrible plague of domestic violence. May our hearts also be turned in a way that can make a difference in helping women find a safe haven for themselves and their families. Let us not leave here today just saying that was really nice and we had fun — but may we leave today with a greater understanding of the times we live in and how we might make a difference in the lives of vulnerable women and children.”

Susan Pamerleau, Sheriff of Bexar County, was the main speaker at the luncheon. Susan shared how domestic abuse has shaped her life and her work as she was abused as a young wife. Her presence and her message impacted the attendees as they listened to her story and to her words of wisdom gleaned from her years of experience in the Air Force, the business world and in law enforcement.

Carla closed with a reading from the Bible.

I remember my affliction and my wandering, and the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3: 19

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