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Graduate School Students Volunteer For The Battered Women’s Shelter

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Author: Jodie Gray | Category: Beyond The Bench | Community Outreach | November 12, 2015

The Graduate Student Association partnered with the Magic Beans Gaming Cafe on Oct. 13 to host a fundraising event for the Battered Women’s Shelter of San Antonio.

The Battered Women’s Shelter of San Antonio operates through Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. and is an emergency shelter that provides services to local women and children in need. 

The shelter always welcomes monetary and item donations such as baby items, clothing, linens and personal hygiene items. Their wish list can be found here.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month and on October 13th the Graduate Student Association sold purple ribbons to raise awareness for domestic violence and promote the evening’s fundraiser.

The day’s main event was hosted by the Magic Beans Gaming Cafe in San Antonio. 

The Graduate Student Association wanted to host a family friendly game night to collect donations while coming together to have fun for a good cause. 

Suggested donation for admission to the game night was $5-$10 or donation of items from the shelter’s wish list.

"Domestic violence can be difficult to talk about. We wanted to host a lighthearted event to support the shelter and raise awareness about domestic violence." said Kristen Malloy, secretary for the Graduate Student Association and second year Ph.D. student in the Radiological Sciences program.

The fun-filled night consisted of several rounds of (giant!) Jenga, Magic the Gathering, Are you a Werewolf, Superfight, Apples to Apples, Telestrations, and many more. 

A raffle for monetary donations was held and lucky winners took home some of their favorite board games that were featured that night.

By the conclusion of the fundraiser over $1,000 was collected for the Battered Women’s Shelter. Graduate Student Association representatives met with Agency Volunteer Liaison Linda Canizales to present the shelter with the donation.

Special thanks to the Magic Beans Gaming Café for hosting the fundraising event!  

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