Garwood, NJ – On October 6th, join the YWCA Union County in a night of celebrating survivorship at the 2016 Empowering Women Cocktail Reception: A Voice For Every Woman. The event will be held on Thursday, October 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Westwood in Garwood. This lively event will feature a cocktail hour for networking, a survivor’s speech, and more.  

The evening’s honorees are being presented a partnership award due their longstanding commitment to the YWCA Mission, ending domestic violence, and assisting victims.

Corporate Partner:

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Colgate-Palmolive Company

Community Partner:

Sheriff Joseph Cryan & Union County Sheriff’s Office

Individual Partner:

Jean Lachowicz, Ph.D.

The YWCA’s Mission is eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  Locally, the YWCA Union County is on a mission to empower survivors of domestic violence to become safe and free from abuse through comprehensive, client-centered services, and through education, collaboration and advocacy that builds safe, informed and supportive communities.

Domestic violence crosses all barriers of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender and socioeconomic status and it is a crime that impacts our entire community. It is estimated that 1 in every 4 women will be effected by domestic violence in her life- more than breast cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. The monetary cost of domestic violence in the United States in dollars has been estimated to exceed 5.8 billion a year in medical and mental health services, loss of productivity, and loss of paid earnings. An average of 3 women per day in the United States are killed as a result of domestic violence.

The YWCA’s Empowering Women Cocktail Reception will be held on October 6 at The Westwood. Proceeds of the event will benefit the YWCA Union County’s Domestic Violence Programs. Sponsorships and ad purchases are now available. For more information or tickets, contact Tara Packard by email at

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the 24-Hour Hotline at 908-355-HELP (4357).