December 4, 2014 UD vs. Clarke Basketball Games to Benefit Women Caring for Women and Children

Nov 20, 2014 | Kristi Lynch

On Thursday, December 4 the men’s basketball game between the University of Dubuque Spartans and the Clarke University Crusaders will benefit the Women Caring for Women and Children (WCWC) group and the Victim Services Shelter in Dubuque.   All gate receipts will be donated to WCWC.  As well, a 50/50 raffle will be held during the game and silent auction items will be available to benefit the organization.  Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. in Stoltz Sports Center on the University of Dubuque campus. 

“The University of Dubuque Department of Athletics is excited about partnering with WCWC and Victims Services Shelter to help combat domestic violence,” said Dan Runkle, director of athletics.  “There is a definite need to help displaced women and children in our Dubuque community, and we’re glad to do our part to help.”

WCWC is a fundraising arm, and helping hand, for the women and children staying at the Victim Services Shelter run by the YM/YWCA.  The sole purpose of WCWC is to raise money through fundraisers, cash gifts, and in-kind donations.  One hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to help the women and children at the Dubuque shelter as they transition to a new beginning, free from domestic violence.

Some of the programs sponsored by WCWC include the weekly Milk Program for children staying at the shelter, birthday and holiday gifts for women and children at the shelter, and packages of basic necessities that are provided as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

“WCWC supports the Victim Services Shelter in ways that are not funded through the YM/YWCA,” commented Peggy Demkier, director of fundraising for WCWC.  “The shelter has an 80% success rate with women who go through the program.  It’s important to do all we can to help them transition on to life on their own – free from domestic violence.”