The Edmond Sun

January 16, 2013

Women Who Care Share Luncheon raises more than $50,000

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The YWCA Oklahoma City’s sixth annual Women Who Care Share Luncheon raised more than $50,000 and drew nearly 520 women and men to the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on Dec. 3.

“This luncheon brought together business leaders from all over the community to support victims of domestic violence,” said Janet L. Peery, CEO of YWCA Oklahoma City. “Thanks to their generosity, we can continue to provide life-saving services to families in need.”

Women Who Care Share co-chairs were Edmond resident and retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, state of Oklahoma secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Lisa Putt, vice president of employee benefits at Willis Group.

Attendees enjoyed a Christmas program by children from the YWCA Oklahoma City’s Hand in Hand Learning Center and a meal catered by The Renaissance Hotel. A domestic violence survivor shared a powerful story and her passion for breaking the cycle of violence.

James Finch with the FBI presented Peery with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Aragon and Putt presented the Volunteers of the Year Award to Tricia Everest, Kris Frankfurt, David Hudiburg, Rita Moore, Charlotte Richels and Lela Sullivan. These six individuals comprise the Capital Campaign Chairmen’s Council, which has spearheaded the YWCA Oklahoma City’s campaign to build a new shelter for battered women and children. The emcees also presented the YWCA Oklahoma City Employee of the Year Award to Jennifer Thomas, children’s counselor.

The luncheon sponsor for Women Who Care Share was the University of Oklahoma Football Coaches Wives. The Keynote Sponsor was Arvest Bank, and Michelle Valantine Photography provided photography services.

All funds raised at Women Who Care Share benefit the YWCA Oklahoma City. The YWCA provides shelter, counseling, support groups and other services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. For more information regarding the YWCA Oklahoma City, visit