Each year the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault gather advocates, member organizations and the community to hold its Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is conducted every year to
honor the programs and staff that work with victims and survivors. This year, the Annual Meeting introduced new staff members, reviewed 2014 as a coalition and gave awards to advocates across the state.
SCCADVASA Board Chair Eddy Weinberg opened this year’s Annual Meeting with lunch provided by the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center. Sara Barber, Executive Director, reviewed her first year as Executive Director of the organization and introduced our new staff members, Valerie Ekue and Katie Reid, followed by a video that reviewed some key moments, key events and key people from the previous year.
The highlight of every Annual Meeting is the presentation of awards to survivors, allies and advocates. Each year our member organizations nominate volunteers, advocates and allies whose work impact victims, survivors and families of victims and survivors. This year we were honored to award Male Ally Advocate of the Year to Christan Rainey who was nominated by Elmire Raven of My Sister’s House; Criminal Justice Advocate of the Year to Detective J. B. Kelley who was nominated by Shannon Lambert of the Pickens County Advocacy Center; Media Professional Advocate of the Year to The Post & Courier who was nominated by both Elmire Raven of My Sister’s House and Becky Callaham of Safe Harbor; Volunteer Advocate of the Year to Donna Reiss; Underserved Communities Advocate of the Year to Virginia Vedilago who was nominated by Elmire Raven; Faith Community Advocate of the Year to Theresa Roberts who was nominated by Kristin Dubrowski of CODA; Healthcare Professional Advocate of the Year to Kelli Clune who was nominated by Marlene Evans of SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition; Elected Official Advocate of the Year to Senator Katrina Shealy nominated by Sara Barber of SCCADVASA and the Leslie H. Sims Distinguished Humanitarian Award to Patrick Anderson who was nominated by Sarah Moran Nevarez of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.
All photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page!