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Irving Chief of Police Larry Boyd (from left to right), Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, survivor and keynote speaker Carolyn Thomas, and Brighter Tomorrows Executive Director Diana Franzetti.

City of Irving Leaders Show Support at Brighter Tomorrows Luncheon

City of Irving staff and council showed support for Brighter Tomorrows, one of the largest agencies assisting domestic violence victims in Dallas County, at Wednesday’s annual fundraiser, The 17th Annual Chocolate and Chic Luncheon, held at the Irving Convention Center.

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne; Councilwoman Rose Cannaday; Irving Chief of Police Larry Boyd, who serves on the agency’s board; and Housing and Human Services Director, Chris Hooper; were on hand to show their support. The large crowd was reminded of the need for domestic abuse support when Carolyn Thomas, an abuse survivor, took the podium. Thomas lost half her face when her boyfriend shot her at point-blank range and killed her mother in 2003. Thomas reminded supporters that domestic and sexual violence knows no economic, cultural, or educational boundaries.

During fiscal year 2010-2011, Brighter Tomorrows provided emergency shelter for 978 women and children, served 39,542 meals to shelter residents, responded to 5,326 hotline calls and provided crisis intervention, and assisted 400 survivors in non-resident outreach counseling.

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Posted March 27

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