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Purses with a Purpose 2018

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Friday, October 12, 2018 Melbourne Rialto Hilton

Elected in 2013, as Cape Coral, FL’s first woman mayor, she served the state’s 10th largest city from 2013 to 2017. In 2015, she was awarded the “Elected Women of Excellence Award” from the National Foundation of Women Legislators. With a Masters degree in Business, she founded Indigo Pros, Inc consulting firm in 2013, after serving over 25 years in senior management roles at companies like State Farm Insurance Companies and National Interstate Corporation.

Her life changed on June 24, 2017. While at a US Conference of Mayors conference in Miami, FL, her ex-husband violently abused her exposing her secret publicly for the nation to see. Instead of running from it, Marni vowed to use her experience to help others. In January 2018, her ex-husband pleaded guilty to Third Degree felony charges of “battery by strangulation”. The judicial process and roadblocks ignited a passion within her to see to it changes are made to protect victims.

Being a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, as both a child and an adult, Marni understands first hand the challenges victims face as they maneuver through the judicial system. Using her voice and her contacts as a former elected official, she is committed to advocating for legislative changes and educating others on the abuse cycle and effects of victim shaming.

Why Support Serene Harbor

For over 25 years, Serene Harbor has changed lives for many women, their children, and their beloved family
pet escaping from domestic abuse.
In addition to the emergency shelter, Serene Harbor also provides the community:

  • a 24-hour crisis hotline
  • counseling
  • legal advocacy
  • pet kennel
  • Prevention programs
  • Professional Training

Why Your Sponsorship is Important

Each year, thousands of women and children, along with family pets, come to Serene Harbor for a safe haven,
because it is the only place they have to go. We are a state-certified emergency shelter in Brevard County that
is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All services are provided to survivors at no cost. Your sponsorship will
ensure we provide necessary help to individuals who are threatened by domestic violence every day of their
lives. Over the past year Serene Harbor has:

  • Responded to 963 hotline calls
  • Housed 1,232 adults and children in our emergency shelter
  • Sheltered 7 dogs / 3 cats
  • Completed 845 Safety Plans with survivors still in danger from domestic violence
  • Provided 6,604 Nights of Shelter
  • Assisted 110 individuals with Injunction for Protections

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