YWCA OKC hosts second annual Engaging Men breakfast

YWCA Oklahoma City will host 'Engaging Men' breakfast. Logo provided.

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 16, 2013) – The YWCA will host the second annual Engaging Men Breakfast sponsored by Drill Right Technology, on Friday, August 16 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 222 Northwest 15th Street, Oklahoma City, OK. The program will highlight a personal stories from two men in our community as well as the launch of Uncomfortable, the newest campaign produced by advertising agency Saxum, to bring awareness to the community of Domestic Violence. The Engaging Men Breakfast raises critical funds to support YWCA programs and services benefiting individuals in need in Central Oklahoma.

“We can’t stop violence against women without getting men involved in our mission,” said Jan Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City. “This breakfast is crucial to engage men in supporting victims of domestic violence while raising awareness and funds to benefit women and children in need in Oklahoma County.”

Check-in and registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on August 16th. The program and breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The program will include a keynote address from Mike Turpen, a lawyer with Riggs, Neal, Turpen, Orbinson & Lewis, a law firm in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma currently ranks 17th in the nation for women killed by men, and up to 60 percent of men who abuse women also abuse children. Male children who witness the abuse of their mothers by fathers are three times more likely to become men who batter in adulthood. Engaging Men will educate men about these startling statistics and how to become an advocate for ending domestic violence.

Table hosts will invite seven guests to sit at their table of eight at the breakfast with the knowledge that they will be asked to make a donation of $100 or more. 

The title sponsor for this year’s breakfast is Drill Right Technology.  To get involved in Engaging Men by serving as a table host or sponsor, please contact Sami Grega at sgrega@ywcaokc.orgor 405-951-3333 for more information.

Visit www.ywcaokc.orgfor more information about Engaging Men.

About the YWCA Oklahoma City

The YWCA Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all.  The YWCA Oklahoma City is the only certified shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.  Nearly 3,000 women, children and men receive help through YWCA programs, including emergency shelter for battered women and children, counseling, support groups, child care, transitional housing, financial literacy and other services.  For more information on the YWCA Oklahoma City, visit www.ywcaokc.org