Women’s Center of Jacksonville: A celebration and surprise announcement

Women’s Center of Jacksonville: A celebration and surprise announcement
Alicia Grant, Women’s Center of Jacksonville board president, Dr. Wade and Nancy Barnes

The celebrations came in threes on the evening of Aug. 22 as guests at Deerwood Country Club helped the Women’s Center of Jacksonville honor its 19th annual Celebration of Women, as well as the 94th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment (women’s suffrage). Then, a special announcement regarding a memorandum of agreement with the City of Jacksonville to take over management of the Sexual Assault Response Center (SARC) was toasted, too.

Kris Broward Barnes, Marjorie Broward, Tammy Wainwright

Kris Broward Barnes, Marjorie Broward, Tammy Wainwright

Trisha Meili, Jim Schwarz, John Ievalts, Lisé Everly, event host committee

Trisha Meili, Jim Schwarz, John Ievalts, Lisé Everly, event host committee

“We’re very glad that everyone has come out tonight to help us celebrate this fantastic organization serving women in Duval, Baker and Nassau counties,” said board president Alicia Grant. “I am happy to announce that The Women’s Center of Jacksonville has received a memorandum of agreement with the City of Jacksonville and will be taking over the Sexual Assault Response Center on October 1, staffing it and bringing the operations up to national standards with a state-of the-art program.”

SARC is currently city-run as part of the Victim Services Center, and the Women’s Center was approached in early spring to consider taking it over and will do so with the cooperation of the State Attorney’s Office and the JSO, and the support of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Mayor’s Office. “Dr. Wade Barnes will be volunteering his time as medical director,” Grant stated. “This is a major step forward in providing forensic exams for rape survivors.”

Jim and Laura Crooks

Jim and Laura Crooks

Shirley Webb, Women’s Center of Jacksonville executive director, Sharón Simmons, Wally and Sally Suslak

Shirley Webb, Women’s Center of Jacksonville executive director, Sharón Simmons, Wally and Sally Suslak

Speir and Heather Bryant, Win Lavender, Alicia Grant, Women’s Center of Jacksonville board president

Speir and Heather Bryant, Win Lavender, Alicia Grant, Women’s Center of Jacksonville board president

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