Women’s Expo kicks off with success

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2005

The Southern Women’s League of Demopolis hosted their first annual Women’s Expo Sunday at the Demopolis Civic Center and the reaction was very impressive.

Everything from baked goods, to makeovers to electronic devices were on display at various booths.

A fashion show and several giveaways were also featured attractions.

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The main idea of the day’s events was people helping people to make life better for everyone. Demopolis Mayor Cecil P. Williamson said that is what she strives for every day as leader of the River City.

“That’s what we are all about here,” Williamson said. “Gathering together to take Demopolis to another level.”

Williamson said the city would like to see the event return for a second gathering.

“We want this to be an annual event,” Williamson. “I am excited to be a part of this and it is great to look around and see what we can do.”

The league was founded in January to offer a way to help women throughout the area in a variety of ways. Sunday’s first event will have a direct impact on many people in the area as all proceeds went to Harriet’s House.

Harriet’s House is a not-for-profit shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Emergency shelter services are available free of charge to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and Non-residential services are available free of charge to all victims of domestic violence. The house is operated through a team approach designed to help victims of abuse in a relaxed, non-institutional setting. All counties are served, though primarily Greene, Marengo, and Sumter Counties.

Victims of domestic violence are admitted to the shelter if they are in danger or are being threatened with violence and have no safe place to go.

Harriet’s House provides weekly support groups for in-shelter and out of shelter domestic violence victims of physical, emotional, and psychological abuse as well as family members of domestic violence victims, survivors and homicide victims. Separate support groups are held for children of domestic violence victims survivors.