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Nonprofit uses shoes to support abused women [HD]

Kimber Westphall
Nonprofit uses shoes to support abused women [HD]

What do some North Texas men and women do on a typical Tuesday night? Some gathered to have their fashionable footwear judged. Although there was a contest for the best pair of shoes, it’s much more than just about the glitz and the glam. Hundreds gathered at Sambuca in Dallas to raise awareness towards domestic violence.

“A lot of our volunteers have been abused but they can come and enjoy a party and no one’s looking at them as if they were abused,” said the Founder of Society of Women Who Love Shoes Dianne Samoff.

So what is the driving force behind the Society of Women Who Love Shoes and how are they teaming up with other nonprofits?

“We would like to be their alliance,” said Samoff. “When they need something they don’t have we want them to reach out to Society of Women Who Love Shoes. We can do a drive and help them get it.”

With networking events,  the society is forming relationships with community members and collecting shoes for various women’s shelters across the metroplex such as Hope’s Door.

“The last time I saw my dad hit my mother, he shoved a screwdriver through her face,” said Director of Community Relations of Hope’s Door Adela Plasek. “It doesn’t stop there either. I wish I could say it did. My mother then had to raise three girls on her own and she did the best she could but unfortunately since she was a victim of abuse she then did not stop the cycle there. She afflicted that abuse upon her three girls and my youngest sister died when she tried to get away from her boyfriend.”

Both Samoff and Plasek say that if someone has been a victim of domestic violence, speaking out can help battle the silent epidemic that plagues many families.

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Kimber Westphall

This story was reported by: Kimber Westphall (19 Videos)

Kimber Westphall is a journalist with the Midwest gal charm. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas where she honed her journalism skills from an early age, always on a quest for that breaking story. When attending the University of Kansas, Kimber put her design skills to the test, spending many late nights in the newsroom as The Universtiy Daily Kansan’s Design Chief. Kimber was a member of the KUJH-TV news staff, both in front of and behind the camera. She started out as a stage manager and audio operator, eventually being promoted to Host and Web Producer of Jayhawks Sports Talk. Through out her Journalistic endeavors, Kimber completed freelance assignments for The Wichita Business Journal and Splurge! Magazine; both Wichita, KS publications. Then, Kimber was offered an assignment she couldn’t pass up. This assignment involved her passport as she traveled on an international press conference to London, representing Adjourn Magazine, based out of Los Angeles. Kimber now works for an advertising agency in Dallas, TX in the Creative Department. Kimber’s main focus is on designing print and web materials. When she is not hitting hard advertising deadlines, she is teaching fitness classes at LA Fitness. In conjunction with teaching five days a week, Kimber recently completed the Washington D.C. Marathon. Kimber is documenting all her fitness adventures, from flying trapeze lessons to Zumba classes on her column, “Blogging Fitness with Kimberly Westphall” on the site midwestsportsfans.com.

 

4 Responses to “Nonprofit uses shoes to support abused women [HD]”

  1. Dianne Says:

    Great team at DFW Reporting!
    Thanks for coming out for our event.

    Dianne
    Society of Women Who LOVE Shoes…and Fashion
    “Healing One Sole at a time”
    DON’T Do It, Don’t Take It, and Don’t Suffer in Silence!!!!

  2. BeInformed Says:

    I wish this group had a 501C3 so they would truly be a NON profit but that is not the case. Doesn’t anyone want to know where the money goes? Even their website says they collect “items” for help yet ALL their events charge $10 at the door with no mention of where that money goes! TRANSPARENCY is the key!

  3. Dennis Says:

    The Society of Women Who Wear Shoes, (now officially known as The Power of Shoes), is approved & now carries 501c3 Status.
    All filings are current & comply with all regulatory requirements . They welcome & encourage inquiries & involvement in their incredibly worthwhile & much needed services.

  4. MC Says:

    The Society of Women Who Wear Shoes, (now officially known as The Power of Shoes), is approved & now carries 501c3 Status.
    All filings are current & comply with all regulatory requirements . They welcome & encourage inquiries & involvement in their incredibly worthwhile & much needed services.

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