The Brookridge 9 and 18 Hole Ladies League raised more than $2,700 from a golf event and silent auction Tuesday to benefit the Dawn Center.
Mary Malden, president of Brookridge’s 18 Hole Ladies League, said that in past years, donations from the event have benefitted Susan B. Komen foundation for breast cancer.
“We decided to maybe do local (charities) because those companies get a lot of donations from a lot of places and our local charities need it,” Malden said. “Somebody had brought to our attention that the Dawn Center was a worthy cause.”
Malden added that the Brookridge Golf Association has an ongoing Dawn Center donation box as well, where members can drop off toiletries and other supplies for the shelter.
Dawn Center Executive Director Shannon Sokolowski said the domestic violence and sexual assault center, which provides an emergency shelter as well as community services, was thrilled the Brookridge leagues selected the organization.
Sokolowski said the money will “really go so much farther” with a small, local charity.
“We appreciate that local groups are thinking about us,” Sokolowski added.
The director also said many of the golfers wore teal to commemorate April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and that the Dawn Center is working to engage residents throughout the coming weeks.
The center’s Facebook page will have daily updates throughout the month to “start conversations going about sexuality and sexual violence,” Sokolowski said, and that the nonprofit will set up tables at the Brooksville Health Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16, and at the Spring Hill Health Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17.
The center will also pass out materials and teal ribbons and wristbands at Pasco-Hernando Community College’s Spring Hill campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17.
Sokolowski said an important lesson for everyone, not just those directly impacted by sexual violence, is “bystander intervention.”
“It’s something we all can do,” Sokolowski said. “If someone says a comment someone is wearing an outfit deserves to be raped … you can intervene … and stand up and speak for the victim who can’t really speak for themselves.”