The Harlan County Domestic Violence Council (HCDVC) and The Family Life Abuse Center will host their seventh annual “Believing in Ourselves: A Celebration of Appalachian Women” conference Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Harlan Center.
A fun-filled, educational self-esteem summit, the event will feature a day of workshops of interest to women, bingo and door prizes.
“The day will begin with registration and welcome by the HCDVC members,” said HCDVC Victim Advocate Sheryl Caudel. “Immediately following registration, participants will break into their individual workshops. Each workshop will consist of a 55-minute session. At 12:15 p.m., we will come together as a group for a catered lunch, provided at no cost to participants. During lunch, an award will be presented to the ‘Outstanding Appalachian Woman of 2013,’ a woman who epitomizes the spirit of the Appalachian woman through service to her community and family.”
Caudel said anyone who would like to nominate someone for this award may log onto www.hcdvc.org and complete the nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 10.
The event is open to all women and girls of Harlan County over the age of 13. There is a $5 registration fee to attend and pre-registration is required. The first 125 pre-registered participants will receive a free tote bag filled with cosmetic goodies Caudel said.
“Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other women for a day of celebrating who we are and who we are capable of becoming,” said Caudel. “Please do not bring small children, because there is no child care available on site.”
To register you may go to www.hcdvc.org to download the registration form. After completing the form you will return it with your $5 registration fee to: HCDVC, P.O. Box 1672, Harlan, Ky. 40831 or by calling 606-392-1129 or you may pick up a registration form at their official registration station at Ally Kats Hair Shack, located on Eula Gray Street in Harlan. Registrations will be accepted until noon Aug. 13.
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