CAAW NEWS RELEASE
This month the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW) will honor Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto at its 30th annual Hannah Humanitarian Award Luncheon for her dedication to aiding and protecting those affected by domestic violence. The event will also honor Claudia and Omer King, whose commitment to ending domestic violence has helped countless victims and families.
Throughout her career, Cortez Masto has been a champion for victims of domestic violence and their families in the state of Nevada, and her time as attorney general has been no different. In her elected role Cortez Masto has been a voice in the push for Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, has created a statewide domestic violence fatality review team and currently chairs the Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.
Claudia and the late Omer King have been longtime and very generous supporters of CAAW. Their generous gifts have supported CAAW’s emergency shelter, various programs and staff.
Since 1977 CAAW has been fighting to end domestic violence in Washoe County. The annual Hannah Humanitarian Award Luncheon, named for Nevada humanitarian Hannah Keziah Clapp, began in 1982 as an opportunity for northern Nevada’s businesses and community members to come together to celebrate good works done in our community and demonstrate their support for domestic violence prevention. The event will be held Tuesday, April 24 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.
CAAW provides free, confidential, bilingual services to families in Washoe County as they seek to end the abuse in their lives. CAAW offers women and children emergency shelter, transitional housing, protection orders and support programs and provides a 24-hour crisis hotline.
In 2011 alone, CAAW provided 8,035 bednights, provided shelter for 227 women and children and processed nearly 3,700 motions and protection orders for women and families in the northern Nevada community. In this same year volunteers and staff also handled more than 10,000 calls through the crisis hotline.
This year the Hannah Humanitarian Award Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. During the luncheon, Sam Nuttmann, producer and director of Shout: The Story of Domestic Violence, will speak about his experience with domestic violence and the death of his sister at the hands of her husband. The event will feature raffle prizes donated by local organizations, including the Reno Rodeo, Red Hawk Golf and Resort, Somersett, Massage Envy, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantis and more. To make reservations, sponsor the event or donate to CAAW, contact Amy Saathoff at 775-329-4150.
About the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW)
The Committee to Aid Abused Women, an Organization for Families, provides free, confidential, bilingual services to families in Washoe County as they seek to end the abuse in their lives. CAAW’s mission – Changing Lives, Ending Family Violence – guides the organization. In addition to emergency shelter, transitional housing and protection orders, CAAW also operates a 24-hour crisis hotline for victims of domestic abuse and their families. For more on CAAW, find us on Facebook or visit caaw.org.