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Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Balloon release in Sulphur

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On October 6, 2011, organizers from Oasis (formerly Calcasieu Women's Shelter) put together a balloon release at Heritage Square in Sulphur, Louisiana.

Sulphur High School's BeeBop girls performed some oldie tunes. Mayor Chris Duncan along with Police Chief Mel Estess and Detective Lance Matte were on hand as supporters of eradicating domestic violence.

As of October 2011, Louisiana now ranks 3rd in the nation for domestic violence being the leading cause of death amongst women.

Organizer, Rosa Fondel says there is a list of Domestic Violence Awareness events for the month of October. The events are anything from balloon releases to general information tables to participating eateries and finally the end event at the Lake Charles Civic Center Sea Wall.  Below is a more detailed list:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

Oct. 1: Balloon Release in Lake Charles

Oct. 4: Texas Roadhouse

Eat at Texas Roadhouse on October 4th and they donate 10% of the amount you spend to the Shelter if you put a copy of your receipt in the box on Calcasieu Women's Shelter (Oasis) resource table. Your server will give you the extra copy of your receipt.

Oct. 6: Balloon Release in Sulphur

Oct. 8: Prien Lake Mall

There will be a resource table by the food court from 9am-2pm with information about shelter services.

Oct. 12: Chili's

In Lake Charles and Sulphur, 10% of your ticket will be donated to the shelter if you have a flyer. See Calcasieu Women's Shelter's FACEBOOK for a flyer.

Oct. 18: Texas Roadhouse

Eat at Texas Roadhouse on October 4th and they donate 10% of the amount you spend to the Shelter if you put a copy of your receipt in the box on Calcasieu Women's Shelter (Oasis) resource table. Your server will give you the extra copy of your receipt.

Oct. 20: Women's Commission of SWLA

Table at the fall conference.

Oct. 25: O'Charley's

Eat at O'Charley's from between 11am - 3pm. They will donate the first $500 spent during that time period to the shelter.

Oct. 27: Flowers on the Lake (END EVENT)

6pm Civic Center Seawall- there will be a short program and then attendees will be invited to toss flowers into the lake in memory of those who have died due to domestic violence and in honor of those who have survived.

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