Your News Funds Raised for Sexual Abuse Center

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Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center is proud to announce a record $103,000 was raised at its sixth annual "Women Helping Women" luncheon fundraiser. The funds will be used to support the organizations sexual assault and abuse prevention programs, as well as to continue providing a wide range of programs free to survivors of sexual violence.

Underwritten by Wolters Kluwer US, the master of ceremonies for this years "Women Helping Women" event was Anita Padilla, reporter for WFLD FOX-32 Chicago. The event featured two speakers: Teresa Bartels, CEO of United Way International, and Robin Stone, author of the book "No Secrets, No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse."

Guests enjoyed tours of the facility, an assortment of silent auction and raffle items, live music provided by the womans drumming group "Diamana Diya" (for more information, visit and a gourmet box lunch.

"Our Women Helping Women luncheon keeps getting bigger and more impactful every year and, with Wolters Kluwers help, we made this the most memorable one yet," said Torrie Flink, executive director of Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center who received a special honor during the event in recognition of her 20 years of service with the organization.

According to Zrinka Allen, director of strategic staffing for Wolters Kluwer US, the company underwrote this years event "to help introduce everyone to Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, a place where survivors of sexual abuse can heal and to mobilize the community against sexual violence. …