#VoicesofJAF – December 18th – Julie Stevenson
December 18, 2015 by Kat Krieger
“Dating abuse – young people deal with that in ways we can’t even imagine, in subtle ways, and we felt called upon to bring that to the attention to their parents and the students so that they understand what a healthy relationship looks like.” – Julie Stevenson
When Julie Stevenson and her husband first started volunteering at a battered women’s shelter, they took their children along. She wanted them to learn about the world and understand not everyone had what they did. That work developed into a labor of love for the entire family. In 2006, together they started “A Day To Shine”, a gala which increases awareness of dating abuse. Today, this event draws more than 800 people and raises almost $300,000. Julie also works with both SafePlace and Any Baby Can – both Austin-based charities which help families in need and address issues of domestic violence. Says one fellow Board member, “Julie is like a Swiss Army knife as a philanthropist. If it’s there to be done, she jumps in and gets it done.”
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