Safe Haven

July 23, 2010



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2010 Legacy of Women honors 15 women Last year’s Legacy of Women Awards honorees, from L to R:  Christine Cook, Ramona Osburn, Louise Appleman, Nina Jackson and Margo Dean.


Among the fifteen women who will be honored at SafeHaven’s 18th Legacy of Women Awards luncheon on October 29th are renowned artists, business owners, educators and and community leaders. These women selected represent diverse aspects of the Arts, Business, Education, Health and Human Services and Volunteerism.

The format for this year’s event has changed to include an honoree in each category from each of the following geographic regions: Northeast Tarrant County, Greater Fort Worth and Greater Arlington. This brings the number of women recognized up to fifteen from the five that were previously honored at the event.

"On behalf of the 2010 Legacy of Women Awards Committee, it is a pleasure to announce the names of fifteen exceptional women who will be honored at the 2010 Legacy Awards." said Diane Stow, event chair and Fort Worth, Texas Magazine associate publisher. "We want to acknowledge everyone who took the time to nominate so many incredibly accomplished women, and thank them for their continued support of our mission"

This year’s honorees are:


Arlington: LeeAnn Chenoweth-Lawson, president, producer and violinist for Timeless Concerts

Fort Worth: Rebecca Low, owner and sculptor at Rebecca Low Sculptural Metal Gallery and Studio.

Northeast Tarrant County: DeeAnn Blair, executive producer at Artisan Center Theate


Arlington: Taylor Gray, owner of The Shoppes at Brownstone Village

Fort Worth: Shirlee Gandy, owner of RPM Commercial

Northeast Tarrant County: Susan Clark, owner of Sweet Memories Cakes and Catering


Mansfield: Dee Lemser, retired teacher from Mansfield ISD

Fort Worth: Mary Cinatl, Director of the Catholic Diocese of Fort worth

Northeast Tarrant County: Janice Kane, Executive Director of the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Education Foundation

Health & Human Services

Arlington: Donna Bertram, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

Fort Worth: Susan Sward-Comunelli, president of the board and medical director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas

Northeast Tarrant County: Vicki Truitt, State of Texas District 98 representative


Arlington: Cristy Duke, volunteer for Junior League of Arlington, the Boys and Girls Club, The Oakridge School and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Fort Worth: Gail Landreth, volunteer for Historic Fort Worth, Inc., Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Jewel CharityBall, Junior League of Fort Worth

Northeast Tarrant County: Shirley Schollmeyer, volunteer for the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, The City of Colleyville, Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Colleyville Woman’s Club, the Colleyville Garden Club, the Colleyville Community Center, GRACE, and more.

The luncheon will be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth with keynote speaker Royal Chef Darren McGrady, former chef to Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth.

For sponsorship opportunities, click 


Blast on Berry Street celebrated 22 years, opening of boutique

berry st. blastBerry Good Buys, SafeHaven’s resale shop in Fort Worth, celebrated the grand opening of its Berry Chic Boutique and 22 years of operation on June 5.  Staff and customers also enjoyed an afternoon of karaoke, hotdogs, and great sales.  

Be sure to visit Berry Good Buys and the Berry Chic Boutique soon! It’s at 1701 W. Berry St. in Fort Worth. Musicians donated their time to entertain the crowd and other buisnesses donated services and raffle prizes.

Musicians included:  

Taylor Davis (, Taylor Ivey, Clayton Graham Fike (, Tim Miller ( and Silent Exit ( Mandee Welch donated services from her company, Let it Be Photography. You can contact her at Mandee Welch 940-577-1373 and and view the photos here. Media Room Marketing helped book the musicians and can be contacted by visiting or The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Mexican Inn Cafe,
Spring Creek Barbeque, Billy Bob’s Texas, Half Price Books, Starplex Cinemas, Mama’s Pizza
Massey’s and La Gardina all donated raffle prizes.

The store also underwent a massive renovation. Walls were knocked down and spaces were expanded … all because of the help of some generous local contractors! SPD Resources, L.P., Bean Electric and Tenant Provision teamed up to renovate the area that is now one big, open space for the furniture sold at the store. Please consider contacting these companies at, and if you are thinking of having work done on your place of business — they did a fantastic job!

Childrens program creates

summer fun in the shelter

SafeHaven’s child clients participated in a therapeutic horse-painting class while in the children’s program.


Summer is the busiest time of year at SafeHaven’s shelters, especially in the children’s program while the kids are out of school. Below is a list of some of the items needed to help make summer in the shelter fun. If you or someone you know can help us find these items at low or no cost, please contact Krista Moffett at 817-535-6462, ext. 101 or

· Bubbles

· Sand art

· Arts and crafts (beads, paint, etc…)

· Sun block & OFF Bug Spray

· Snacks: fruit snacks, capri sun, chips, fruit, bottled water, popcorn, etc.

· Coolers with wheels

· Caps/Hats

SafeHaven’s kids also like to take field trips during the summer months. We are looking for tickets and donations of fun activities such as waterslide rentals, major or minor  league sports games, museums, water parks, restaurants with playgrounds (such as McDonald’s), and any other fun kids’ activities. Contact Krista Moffett at 817-535-6462, ext. 101 or with ideas. Any suggestions and/or donations will be greatly appreciated!   

SafeHaven participates in Greatest Gift Catalog Ever

ggceSafeHaven was chosen for the second year in a row as one of the participants in the Greatest Gift Catalog Ever. The catalog showcases different ways people can give to the organizations, especially at Christmas. If you would like to order free catalogs for  customers at your place of business, please call Sarah McClellan-Brandt at 817-535-6462, ext. 119 or For more information about the catalog, click here.

Client moves from victim to survivor

Cara arrived at the shelter six months ago with her young child after

suffering a broken wrist and rib at the hands of her abuser. She drove herself to the hospital because she had no one to call. While in the emergency room, a hospital worker contacted the police department on her behalf. While the police searched for the abuser, Cara was referred to SafeHaven. When she called our hotline at 1-877-701-SAFE (7233), she was admitted into the Fort Worth shelter. In the early stages of pregnancy, her injuries caused her to suffer a miscarriage. After recovering, she immediately found a job as an executive assistant. During her stay at the shelter, she took full advantage of SafeHaven’s counseling and therapeutic services. Her young son also received counseling and play therapyand, as a result, his behavior vastly improved. Cara is now residing in her own apartment through SafeHaven’s SafeLiving program and has received Crime Victim’s Compensation. Her remarkable determination has her resolved to create a life of permanent safety for herself and her son.

In case you missed it: 

You can view UT Head Football Coach  Mack Brown’s Legacy of Men speech by clicking


See what Carson Bold had to say about this year’s Lemon Aid stand by clicking here.  

The Star-Telegram’s Melinda Mason mentioned Berry Good Buys as a great place to volunteer in her July 2 article. Click here to read it!

Kroger has added SafeHaven to its Neighbor to Neighbor donation program. This means that when you bring in a letter with SafeHaven’s barcode on it, they will scan it and each time you use your Kroger card a percentage of the proceeds will come to SafeHaven. Click here to view our blog posting on this and print your letter.

Sponsor highlight:


Minuteman Press

Minuteman Press of Fort Worth has generously sponsored this newsletter. Be sure to say a quick thanks to owner Bill Lynch when you see him around! Or, just visit the Web site at

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How to make a difference

If you’d like to advance our mission and support SafeHaven’s work with domestic violence victims, there are a variety of ways to help.  

Volunteer:             Contact Krista Moffett at 817-535-6462, ext. 101 or You can find volunteer opportunities by clicking "volunteer" on our Web site.
Donate funds:
We accept credit card donations on our website, Just click on "donate" and fill out the form that fills the screen. We also take credit card donations by phone at 817-535-6462. Checks can be sent to:  6815 Manhattan Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76120.
Donate items:
Drop off donations of clothing, housewares, furniture and other items at Berry Good Buys, 1701 W. Berry Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76110 or at the Arlington Resource Center at 401 W. Sanford, Ste. 1400, Arlington, TX. To arrange a donation pick-up of large items, call 817-921-5898. Also, check out Berry Good Buys’ new Web site at

Upcoming Events

July 31

New West Gallery in the Fort Worth Stockyards is holding a benefit for SafeHaven. Click

here for details.

September 4

Walk This Way Runway Show and Benefit. For more information, contact

September 11

Fort Worth Peacemaker, a six-mile obstacle course race, portion of proceeds benefitting SafeHaven. Click here for more information.

October 29

Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon. Click here for more information.

October 29-November 7

HeartCard Shopping Event. Click here for more information.

November 1

Ambucs Golf Tournament benefitting SafeHaven at Timmaron Golf Course. Email for more information.

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  1. […] & Human Services. Arlington: Donna Bertram, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Fort Worth: Susan Sward-Comunelli, president of the board and medical director of Mothers’ Milk … […]

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