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Pineywoods Safe House Purple Rally dodges rain and draws visitors - KJAS.COM: Local News

Pineywoods Safe House Purple Rally dodges rain and draws visitors

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Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2018 11:45 pm

The Pineywoods Safe House, a shelter for abused women and children that has operated for many years in Jasper, held a "Purple Rally" fundraiser on Saturday at Sandy Creek Park. Despite thunderstorms all around Jasper during the afternoon, the rain managed to miss the event and visitors enjoyed good music and good food for a good cause.

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, and purple ribbons signify remembrance for those who have been affected by domestic abuse. 

Jasper Interim Mayor Gary Gatlin was on hand. He read a proclamation from the Jasper City Council to recognize the organization and he also recalled his days as a State District Judge presiding over domestic abuse cases.

Also on hand was Texas State Representative James White. He spoke to Pineywoods Safe House Director Pepper Peveto and he assured her that he and the State Legislature were working to provide whatever help they could to stem the problem of domestic abuse, especially in the rural areas.

Peveto and Wanda Whitcomb, also with Pineywoods Safe House, said that they were very pleased with the turnout, considering that this was the first year that they had organized such an event.

Meanwhile, Jasper firefighters provided grilled hamburgers while other organizations also served food.