Yes! The Step Against Teen Dating Violence Event Rocked....
While the heat was definitely on in July here in Arizona, many people showed up for the coolest event in town, Kaity's Way 5th Annual Step Against Teen Dating Violence on July 5, 2014. This year was a bit different than prior years because Kaity's birthday, July 5th, fell on a Saturday. Therefore, we took a chance, and a leap of faith, and chose to celebrate Kaity's life by having the event on her birthday. Never mind the fact that it was a holiday weekend and many people head for cooler climates for 4th of July weekend, the turn out was better than expected! Kaity's love for music and art helped lead us in the direction of making the Step event our signature event. So how could we not pass up the opportunity to incorporate the two in honor of our beloved Kaity?
People came from all over the Valley of the Sun to enjoy a scrumptious dinner, watch a wonderful show, vote for their favorite dance team and share a toast for Kaity's birthday -- with sparkling cider of course. We also announced the recipient of this year's annual Kaity's Way BB Scholarship Award, Abigail Retana. Look to the right for more details.
This year the competition in the dance contest was fierce. Every team put on an absolutely spectacular performance. They seriously outdid themselves with the songs they chose and the numbers they put together. So much so that the proceeds from the voting exceeded last year's. All of the performances were very energetic and had people dancing in their seats as they danced the night away.
So, your probably asking, well then who won....well is was very close, but in the end Kyle Morris and Danielle Cordaro (FatCat Ballroom Dance) went away with the prestigious title of "2014 Best Steppers Against Teen Dating Violence."
Second place was captured by Annette Montgomery and Nick Manzo (Arrowhead Arthur Murray). While Theresa Milton and Mona Brandt (Shall We Dance) secured 3rd place.
Overall, all the teams were winners as each one of them did their part to promote this event and have people come out to support them thus Kaity's Way. For that we are very grateful and greatly appreciate all of them!
Speaking of grateful we have a great many businesses and people to Thank for the success of this event!
We will start with our Sponsors......
In Kind Donors
Then there are the wonderful.....
and board members that made up the planning committee and those volunteers and interns past and present that worked the day of the event. We even had volunteers come from Ajo and Eloy to help out.....
Planning CommitteeBoard Members:
KellyAnn Bonnell Susan Guinn Lahm Brandy Aguilar
Diane Smith Diana Rosine Victoria Spencer
Shelly Ward Erika Lazenby Ric Sudberry
Carolyn Bunnitt Robin Todd Donna McClung Sharon Montijo
Day of Volunteers/Interns
Abbie Beezholz Allen Barksdale Andre Bunnitt Andrew Mitchell Annette Montgomery Brandy Aguilar Bree Young Brian Smith Carolyn Bunnitt Chandan Sood Truman
Chioma Nwabeke Daisy Lansford Danielle Cordaro
Debbie Sinohui Deborah Sedillo Dugan Dianna Marsh
Diane Smith Don & Julie Woodard Donna McClung
Elizabeth Brusnahan Fabiola Martinez Ingrid Camargo
Ioana Purice James Sinohui Janette Jahoda
Jonathan Brusnahan Joseph Beezholz Kyle Morris
Lauren Karnes Lynelle Marbach Maria Garcia Maria Spry Mario Trujillo Mike Mellinger Miranda Birden Mona Brandt Monica Torres Nakayla Griffin Nick Manzo Patrick Jones Peggy Crichton Rick Suttle Sean Bush Sherrie Butler Shylynn Gibson Sobira Pakhlavonova Terry Bryant
Theresa Melson Tiffany Kell Yasmeen Qasem
MC's Reinaldo Sudberry & Jaime Cerreta
This was certainly a team effort with many teammates and they made it happen! The audience reaction to the event and the encouraging comments received is proof positive that this group of people can make just about anything happen once they put their mind to it.
MANY MANY MANY THANKS!
Understanding Verbal Abuse (Part 3 of 4)
by Angela Lambert The Effects of Verbal Abuse
When a person is the victim of this type of abuse, he or she is affected in numerous ways. In general, the victim often loses a sense of self; whether that is a sense of self-esteem, independence, peace, or confidence. The individual typically lives in fear of the abuser and what he or she may say or how they react. With children, the effects of verbal abuse can potentially last a lifetime. According to studies by Florida State University
, children who are victims of this type of abuse may become adults who are anxiety and depression prone. In addition, they may also tend to grow into adults who have a more negative self-image.To read the entire article click on this link
Kaity's Way is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help with various projects and events throughout the year. You can fill out and submit a volunteer application on line by clicking on the following link Volunteer Application.
Ideas on how you can help.......
Help us Bring Awareness
Are you a member of a PTA, PTO, PTSO or any group or organization that involves the welfare of children? If so, consider suggesting Kaity's Way speak at one of the meetings to bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence as well as the need for Education in our schools.
Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Friend or follow us and when you see a posting or tweet from us SHARE for all of your friends.
Talk about us to anyone and everyone. If you would like brochures to have on hand, please let us know and we will get some to you.
Beginning August 1, 2013 Kaity's Way volunteers, participants and
supporters can enroll their Fry’s V.I.P . Cards online at their secure
. Starting September 1, 2013, every time an enrolled participant shops
at Fry’s using his or her registered Fry’s V.I.P. Card, Kaity's Way will earn
How cool and easy is that!?!Follow the instructions below to get started.......
PLEASE NOTE: Before you can link your Fry’s V.I.P card to
Kaity's Way, you must have an email address.
STEP 1: Creating an Online Fry’s Account
**NOTE: If you already have an online Fry’s account, skip to #2
- Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
- Select ‘Create an Account’.
Sign-In information, enter your email and create a password. (Write
down your email & password—will need it in step 2)
- Select ‘Use Card Number’. *Enter your Fry’s V.I.P Card Number, last name and postal code.
- Under ‘Select Your Preferred Store’ enter your postal code.
- Select ‘Find Stores’.
your store then select ‘Create Account’. *You will then be prompted to
check your email for a confirmation email. Click the hyperlink in your
email to finish creating your Online Fry’s Account. Continue to step #2
to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program of your choice.
STEP 2: Register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program
- Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
- Select ‘Sign-In’.
- Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in’. (This will be the email and password you created in step 1)
- Select ‘My Account then select ‘Account Settings’ from drop down menu.
- Click ‘edit’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
- Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO number 80082 or name of organization Kaity's Way then select ‘search’.
- Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization
- Then select ‘save changes’.
you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization
information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary
Another opportunity and one of the simplest ways to raise funds for Kaity's Way only takes the stroke of a key. Just start using Yahoo! powered GoodSearch.com as your search engine, select Kaity's Way and they'll donate a penny to Kaity's Way every time you do a search! They also have several other online opportunities to raise money for Kaity's Way by shopping, playing games, participating in surveys, booking online travel. For each transaction a percentage of the purchase will go to Kaity's Way
The web site is http://www.goodsearch.com. You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.
Have a Home Party to raise funds for Kaity's Way. Many businesses, such as, True North Gold, Tupperware, Beauticontrol, Pampered Chef, CandleLite, Miche Bag and Cookie Lee have programs to fund raise for non-profit organizations. This is a fun way to get together with your friends and support a great cause.
Conduct a used cell phone drive or recycle used ink cartridges from printers or copiers at your place of employment or with your friends and family. If interested give us a call and we will get you the supplies you need to set up.
Amazon gives customers the option to select a non profit to receive .5% of any purchase upon checkout. At Smile.Amazon.com You can select Kaity's Way and shop away.
If you work for one of the following businesses you can choose to donate straight out your paycheck to Kaity's Way?
For every dollar donated to Kaity's Way a member of the community receives all the literature and data needed to understand the issue of teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships. So if you work for either one of these companies or know someone who does, please consider Kaity's Way the next time open enrollment comes around.
- APS dc 59768
- Salt River Corporation
- State of Arizona
- American Express
Kaity's Way Board Members
Susan Guinn-Lahm, MA, CRC, LPC
Past Board Chair
is a native of Ajo, AZ where she works as the Lead Behavioral Health
Clinician at Desert Senita Community Health Center (DSCHC). Susan
provides general mental health counseling services, specializing in
patients behavioral changes to compliment their medical treatment.
is a modern renaissance woman. She is a published author, an
accomplished costume designer and is considered an expert in arts
education. She is currently the Education & Outreach Director for Infinite Spectrum Productions
where she oversees educational and mission driven projects for the
company. She is listed on the Consultant Roster for the Arizona
Commission on the Arts and was a 2011 nominee for the Arizona Governor's
Arts Awards in Arts Education.
Ric is the father of five children, PauPau to six grandchildren and a devoted husband. He served six years in the US Air Force as a Medical Technician. Ric has an associates degree in accounting and currently works full time as an Assistant Store Manager at Home Depot in Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren, he is an avid reader, watching football (Go Steelers!) and traveling.
Brandy loves to tell stories. She is the Executive
Producer/Multimedia Journalist for Health2Fit television show and
website. Brandy has more than 15 years of newsroom experience. She
covers all kinds of stories from weight loss, and sports health to the
latest medical breakthroughs in Arizona and around the country. Brandy
earned her degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite
School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
When not busy telling stories, she spends time with her family,
travels, hikes, plays tennis and loves going to sporting
events/concerts. Brandy completed the New York City Marathon and hopes
another race may be on the horizon.
Board Member/Marketing Committee Chair
Diane Smith is the Public Relations Manager for the Martz Parsons Marketing and Design. With a background in Public Relations and TV news, Smith has more than a decade of media experience under her belt. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting from Arizona State University. She is the proud pet parent to three catsa nd even though her smart phone is usually within reach, when she is not officially "on the clock" she enjoys exercising, watching sports and spending time with friends and family.
Diana Rosine was born in Port Huron, Michigan and lived most of her life in Michigan. She moved to Phoenix 7 years ago and has dedicated herself to helping other by becoming involved in the Kiwanis, Homeward Bound and Kaity's Way. Diana has a wonderful Fiance (Jack), two daughters and five grandchildren that live in Michigan and Ohio. She was recently awarded Kiwanina of the Year 2012-13 for her dedication to volunteerism and helping the children of the world.
Erika M. Lazenby
Erika is the Director of Marketing Operations at
Arizona State University-the largest public university in the country. She is
responsible for the operations of university wide marketing efforts to more
than 67,000 students in addition to faculty, parents and alumni. Prior to
joining Arizona State University, she held various positions in the Office of
the Arizona Governor. Under the administration of Governors Jane D. Hull, Janet
Napolitano and Janice K. Brewer, Ms. Lazenby directed the provision of services
to Arizona constituents and navigated the complexities of Arizona
politics. Ms. Lazenby’s personal interests include improving
educational attainment, empowering women and strengthening the economy in
Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Arizona
State and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in public policy and public
administration focusing on the convergence points of politics and economics.
Board Member/Finance Committee Chair
Victoria Spencer provides tax compliance and consultation
services to a wide variety of private clients.
She specializes in international tax compliance matters, yet also has
experience in corporate tax planning, audit defense, tax accounting, and
domestic compliance. Victoria has
practiced in the tax field for more than 12 years, including work in both the
public and private sectors. Victoria is an attorney licensed to practice law in the
State of Minnesota and licensed to practice as in-house counsel in the State of
Arizona. In addition to her tax work, she has significant experience in contract negotiations.Victoria is a
Minnesota native and only recently became an Arizona resident in 2007.
She enjoys running, road races, yoga and spending time with friends and
family. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her partner Jim Crane, his
two children, Kaitlyn and JT, and their two dogs, Fozzie and Shammi.
Shelly Ward received a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a CCL in Forensic Investigation from Mesa Community College. After a thirteen-year career in IT, she decided to change direction and follow her calling. She became a Victim Advocate for the City of Mesa Prosecutors Office working directly with crime victims and acting as a liaison between prosecutors and victims to ensure that victims are empowered to exercise their rights in the criminal justice process. Shelly provides assistance to victims including domestic violence education, referrals and safety planning. Her goal is always to ensure that the people she works with are treated with kindness and respect throughout the process. Shelly is committed to educating teens about dating violence to enable them to make healthy relationship choices. Shelly actively collaborates with a number of community organizations such as the Avon Order of Protection Task Force and MESACan. Shelly is an active community volunteer donating time to organizations including Kaity’s Way, Maricopa County Juvenile Probation and The Arizona Museum of Natural History.
Please join us in Congratulating Abigail Retana
as the winner of the 2014 Kaity's Way BB Scholarship
She plans to attend Phoenix College to pursue a degree in Nursing. We wish Abigail all the best and Kaity's Way is excited that we are able to help her in this endeavor.
Need a Vacation or just get away for a few days?
How about a Staycation....
Click on the link above to check out the wonderful amenities and make your reservation.
Be sure to let them know Kaity's Way sent you!
A heartfelt Thanks to the In-kind Donors for the Silent Auction & Raffle items....
Safeway, Phx Art Museum, Disneyland, Frys Food, Valley Youth Theater, Hampton Inn Suites/Surprise, Invisible Theatre, Chandler Center for the Arts, Arrowhead Arthur Murray, Phx Conservatory of Music, Papago Golf Course, Susan’s Accents, Home Depot, Wines for Humanity, McDowell Mountain Golf, S. Ward, C. Hutton, Dollar Store, C.Bunnitt, R.Todd, D. Badger, C. Hasenwinkel, G. Desmond, K. Grimm, A. Kaczmarski, D. Marsh, D. McClung, MJ Dean, D.Rosine, Uniquely U Jewelry, B. Gentry, T.Connor & V. Spencer, Costco, Bonnell Family, AZ Nights Entertainment Co., Courtyard Marriott Scottsdale Salt River, Big Daddy’s Sports Lounge, Courtyard Marriott at McDowell Mountains, BlingBling Poochies, Yurbuds, R.& B. Sudberry, Scotts Training Systems, Twistic Mystic, PRP Wine International, M.Duarte-Spry
6' Folding Table
Laptops for presentations (refurbished okay)
Reward points for hotel accommodations or airfare
Conference call speaker phone
Periodic use of a reliable conference line
Digital Video Camera
Color Laser Printer
Venues to hold Public Presentations of Kaity's Story
( Paper, Blue pocket folders, labels, envelopes, stamps, display stands, etc)
Items to Raffle off or put in a Silent Auction to raise funds
Wireless clip on microphone & speakers
Kaity's Way Bracelets
Great People doing Wonderful Things!
Want to help children all over the world? If so, check out your local Kiwanis Club.
The Arrowhead Kiwanis Club, Peoria, Arizona since 2010 has been and continues to be a loyal and consistent supporter of Kaity's Way.
We are very Grateful to them and everything they do for us and their community!
What is on the Horizon
Be sure to check our website for additions and updateswww.kaitysway.org/events
August 2, 2014
Family Connection Fun Day Phoenix, AZ
August 2, 2014
Quinceañera without Alcohol prgm
August 6, 2014
Juvenile Probation Division Luncheon
August 11, 2014What
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
August 12, 2014
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
August 12, 2014
August 13, 2014
5th Annual Men's & Women Conference
August 14, 2014
August 20, 2014What
August 21, 2014*****************
ASU Internship Fair
August 23, 2014
Northwest Homesites Association Block Watch
August 26, 2014
ACESDV 40 Hr Training
September 2, 2014*****************
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
September 3, 2014
ASU Polytechnical Campus Tempe, AZ
September 11, 2014
Girl Scouts Durango
September 13, 2014
Streets of Success
September 18, 2014What
Girl Scouts SEF
September 22, 2014What
ACESDV & ACVS Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Victim Services Conference
October 6, 2014What
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
October 7, 2014What
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
October 9, 2014
Stand and Serve Day at the Capital
October 25, 2014
Girls Day Out - Mohave County
Bullhead City, AZ
Feel the Sting!
More Great People doing Great Things!
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Creator & Editor
Contributor & Editor
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Kaity's Way Contact
P.O. Box 83494
Phoenix, AZ 85071
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