Just recently I held my first ever Charity Gala in the city I grew up in. The event sold out. I cried. A lot. I shared a few vulnerabilities and cried more. If you haven’t figured it out. I’m extremely emotional and passionate about what I do. The event focused on giving back to survivors of Domestic Violence.
First, I have to thank everyone that supported, donated, and attended the first annual Kim Lyn Charity Gala. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people. With your help, we were able to give back to the community by raising awareness and financial support for the victims of domestic violence.
I chose this mission because I have experienced it personally. Before Shiloh and I got together we were both in toxic relationships. We suffered physical, emotional, and mental abuse for more years than I care to admit.
I can’t speak for Shiloh but I felt like there was no way out. I was broken. How was I going to raise a child on my own? I was a 20 year old mom, working in retail, and had no sense of who I was. I hated that I couldn’t give my son everything he wanted. I hated that I wasted so much time being in that relationship. I hated that I felt like a failure. If I’m being honest, I hated myself. I felt worthless.
I was a young mom, lost, and afraid. I didn’t know there were programs out there to help me. As hard as it was, Shiloh and I were both really lucky to have supportive friends and family to help us through it.
Our stories have a happy ending. We found each other and have moved on with our lives. God has blessed us with a beautiful family and 4 handsome sons. I want to take a moment to say thank you to my husband for being supportive every single day. You are an amazing father to our boys. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for being my best friend and helping me find myself again. You have shown me what unconditional love is and for that I am forever grateful.
Unfortunately, a lot of domestic abuse victims don’t have support systems or the financial means to get away from the abuse. Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and once they do find a place to live they still face many challenges. Finding financial stability and emotional support is a big factor in moving forward. That is why we are donating tonight’s proceeds to Crossroads RI. Both charities work to break the cycle of violence, help provide stable housing, and offer support services for those who have experienced domestic abuse.
Thank you again to everyone that attended, the vendors, my Blush tribe, everyone who donated, and my family for helping me support a mission that is so near and dear to my heart. You are the reason for this year’s success.
Don’t worry, if you missed it this year we will have another next year!
Photobooth: Stop Go Snap
Photography: Irena Mandel Photography
Florist + Table decor: Michelle Jeanne Floral
Paper goods: The Paper Perfectionist
Kim Lyn Photography
Jessica Abreu Makeup
Body Rock RI
Harper Love and Co
Universal By Nature
Rhode Island Original
Jay Coy Photography
The Chauvin Kids
Buffalo Wild Wings
Rodan and Fields