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Recent Tucker Gardens Tour Benefited the Cabarrus County’s Program for Battered Women

Jun 21, 2018 03:20PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Earlier this June, around 265 people attended the Tucker Gardens' fundraising tour that benefited CVAN (Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network) – Cabarrus County’s program for battered women and children.

"All of us at CVAN are grateful to Carolyn and Bob Tucker for opening up their amazing gardens for the community and for the CVAN family to enjoy," Assistant Director of CVAN Rebecca Moffett told us of the event. "We felt like the Garden Tour was enjoyed by all who attended.  Many guests spoke about the combination of the beautiful and the whimsical nature of the gardens."

Moffett noted how many attendees spoke of how the garden inspired them to think about their own gardening, many being surprised to find such a spacious and gorgeous private garden in Concord. The tour is a way for people to spend a wonderful Saturday enjoying the gardens while helping battered women and their children in the local community.    

Carolyn Tucker said of the tour, "My garden displays a small part of the beauty and peace of God's creation. I am pleased that it can also be used to draw attention to CVAN as they show compassion and protection to battered women and their children who are in crisis situations."

CVAN's mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children and to actively work to end domestic violence in our community. Officially formed in 1982, CVAN opened a 24-hour hotline (704.788.2826) in March 1983. At first, only 12 calls were received. "We now receive 125-150 calls each month," Moffett said. 

In the summer of 1984, CVAN opened its shelter to house the women that needed a safe place to stay. This shelter is a 100-year-old two story home in downtown Concord. Over 300 people - churches, businesses, individuals, groups - all came together to renovate the old house into a safe space for women and children. In their 35 years since, a wide array of services has been built – Support Group; Peer Counseling; Court Program, Teen Dating Violence Curriculum in schools and youth groups; and the Women’s Jail Program.  

Just last year, CVAN provided services to 1,696 women and children. 

"The Tucker family is very generous in our community and we feel very fortunate that they feel strongly about supporting the work of CVAN – that every home should be a safe home," Moffett told us of the Tucker family that hosted the event. "Because of that, we all have an obligation both to take a stand against domestic violence and to help provide options for women and their children fleeing domestic violence."

When Carolyn Tucker approached CVAN to be the recipient of her Garden Tour, Moffett and the CVAN team were thrilled. "We are fortunate that Carolyn and Robert Tucker opened up their private Garden for the public to enjoy, and that they would offer the Tour as a means to share the word about what we do and help provide support for our services."

For those who couldn’t make the Tour, there are many ways to help. Their website is www.cvan.org where you will find opportunities to give time volunteering, learn more about their events, as well as the option to donate. 

From supporters who give to CVAN financially to volunteers who help with childcare at the shelter or mowing or yards to those who support our campaigns and events throughout the year, each is an integral role to the success of the programs. CVAN also has its own Thrift Store, CVAN’s Cool Used Stuff, on Concord Parkway where all the proceeds go directly to support the shelter. Anyone can support the store by shopping, donating and volunteering. The support of the community has always been a big part of the success of the shelter.

If you missed out on the Tucker Garden Tour, have no fear! There are plenty of upcoming events.

The Women 4 Women Luncheon on August 18th is a fundraising and educational event where women come together for a two-hour lunch to hear stories of battered women, learn more about our programs, and make a donation to support CVAN's services. Last year, just over 500 women came together and raised over $58,261!

Adding to their list of events, October 4th is the annual Domestic Violence Awareness BBQ to kick off October domestic violence awareness month. It’s a great opportunity for the CVAN family to get together and look at what's been accomplished as well as plan out goals for the future. It’s also a great chance for anyone new to the CVAN family to learn more about what they do and ways to help.   

Both events are supported by sponsors, who are both individuals and businesses that give and help underwrite the cost of the events. Anyone interested in learning more about the events, how to attend, or how to sponsor can give CVAN a call at 704.788.1108 or visit their website.  

For anyone who knows someone who is abused or if you are being abused, CVAN's hotline number – 704.788.2826 – is a 24-hour number where an advocate is always ready to listen.

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