Women’s Center celebrates transforming lives at annual gala

The Year of the Pearl, an evening of inspiration and sophistication, was the theme for the Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s 22nd Annual Celebration of Women. Held Aug. 18 at Queens Harbour Yacht and Country Club, the yearly event also recognized the 97th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote on Aug. 26, 1920.

Emcee for the evening was Katie Jeffries, First Coast News Anchor, and Signature Sponsor was Mayo Clinic. Guests bid on a variety of silent and live auction items to raise funds for the Rape Recovery advocacy and prevention programs, affordable mental health counseling, Expanded Horizons literacy and family education, Bosom Buddies breast cancer survivor support, and the new Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) facility. As he did in 2016, Sheriff Mike Williams served as auctioneer for the live auction and for Gifts of Love.

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