Knock Out Domestic Violence presents day of learning and empowerment

Barbara Dell, Executive Director of Dress for Success SW Florida, is pleased to announce that Michelle Kotarski of the Professional Women’s Group has been selected to chair this year’s Community Action Project (CAP). Kotarski’s project is called Knock Out Domestic Violence.

The public is invited to attend the free Knock Out Domestic Violence event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at Hodges University, located at 4501 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Guest speakers will include Life Coach and abuse survivor Amy Emee and Colleen M. Henderson, Community Education Coordinator at Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT). A self-defense demonstration will be provided by Fight Zone. A light lunch will be provided, and a $10 donation to ACT is appreciated. Seating is limited, and RSVP is required by March 28 at knockoutdomesticviolence@gmail.com.

Herself a survivor of domestic violence, Kotarski wishes to provide knowledge to help individuals avoid the various types of abusive relationships, recognize the warning signs and locate community resources to help themselves or those they care about who are involved in an abusive relationship.

Kotarski said, “It is an unfortunate fact that domestic violence is a prevalent issue. I believe that
spreading knowledge about this issue will help people prevent themselves and others from falling victim to domestic violence. If this workshop saves one person from the devastating effects of domestic violence, then it will have been successful.”

Kotarski was selected as the 2014-2015 Dress for Success SW Florida delegate to represent PWG Worldwide with the Community Action Project, an annual project designed by Dress for Success Global for the purpose of reaching out into the community and helping an underserved organization.

The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) is a networking, job retention and professional development program that empowers employed Dress for Success SW Florida clients to aspire for self-defined success through motivation, mentoring, resources, training and partnership with professional women in the community. Membership is lifelong, free, and open to all Dress for Success clients who are working or in school.

About Dress for Success
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. There are 135 Dress for Success locations internationally focusing on providing career wardrobes, employment counseling and mentoring for women. Its main office is located at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave. Suite 153, Fort Myers in the Pinebrook Plaza. For information on Dress for Success SW Florida email swflorida@dressforsuccess.org, call 239-689-4992 or visit www.DressForSuccess.org/swflorida.