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MOUNT VERNON — New Directions, the domestic abuse shelter and rape crisis center of Knox County, held its eighth annual “dinner and a celebration” benefit at Kenyon College on Thursday night.

Board member and volunteer chair Joan Stallard explained that the event was an invitation to the community to join in fundraising, education and celebration of the work done by the 501c3 charitable organization since 1983. The dinner was held in Thomas Hall at Kenyon and according to Stallard, the use of the venue was donated by Kenyon for the event. Director Lori Jones-Perkins said that New Directions receives funding from national, state and local groups and explained that United Way of Knox County, the Mental Health and Recovery Board for Licking and Knox Counties, The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County and Soroptomist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County, the sources of local funding, deserve kudos. Stallard noted that community support is essential in New Directions’ goal of “ensuring an open door to safety and healthy relationships” in Knox County which was the theme of this year’s benefit.


Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or callan@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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