Letter to the editor: Thank you from Micah's Place
Posted: June 10, 2010 - 9:15pm on Jacksonville.com ©2010

There is good news these days! Our community rallies when help is needed and does it with a generous and big heart.

Micah's Place would like to thank those who took part in the W.E. Get It Women's Expo recently, which enabled the event to be free to guests.

Since it was a first-time event, these nonprofits and businesses stepped forward despite unknown potential results. And it was successful due to the time and talent they shared with the attending women and children who want to be self-reliant and independent.

A powerful thanks to exhibitors who provided door prizes: ABC Learning Resource Center/Usborne Books, Connexion Specialist, Staples, Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inspirations Salon Inc., Florida State College at Jacksonville Betty P. Cook Women's Center, Family Support Services, Dr. Halperin, Trinity Financial, Mary Kay, TShirt Room and McGrath/Kuester/McGrath.

AmVets provided food, Mary Kay demonstrated beauty products and World on A String offered an inspiring motivational presentation for guests. The children went home with a fun Home Depot craft that they built themselves, and the Nassau County Sheriff's Office registered children's IDs for their parents. Additionally, Shelby Crews and Jayde Rhoden provided live entertainment for the evening, and Bryceville Community Club members supplied the desserts for the cakewalk.

Another thanks to those who also exhibited: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, ViSalus Body by Vi, Council on Aging of Nassau County, Coalition for the Homeless of Nassau County, Financial Design Associates, Tiffany Memories, First United Methodist Church of Callahan, Nassau County Supervisor of Elections, ServPro of Fernandina Beach, Jan M. McCray Flemmons P.L., Gleaners Food Distribution and Women's Center of Jacksonville.

Yes, it took a community to make it a success, but even more importantly, it showed what can be done as a team to help solve community challenges. As Nassau County's only domestic violence center, Micah's Place couldn't have done it without this fine team. The W.E. Get It Women's Expo was held to inspire, inform, empower and entertain and thankfully, it did just that. For anyone interested in making next year's W.E. Get It Women's Expo a success, our community would appreciate your participation.

Emily Koller
Rural outreach advocate
Micah's Place

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