Safe Place in Lake County wins $20,000 grant

Posted12/22/2010 1:00 AM

The domestic violence shelter A Safe Place has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation.

Founded in 1980, A Safe Place provides emergency shelter for domestic violence victims, a 24-hour help line, court advocacy and violence prevention education programs.


The Lake County group was one of 150 domestic violence programs in the nation selected to benefit from The Mary Kay Foundation's $3 million national grant program.

"This is an amazing honor for A Safe Place and will help victims in many ways," said Phyllis DeMott, executive director. "Programs that help battered women and their children require a lot of resources and support from the entire community."

Since 1996, The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded nearly $25 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention.

ZCenter benefit

The third annual "Out of the Blues" benefit for the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center is scheduled for March 4 at the House of Blues in Chicago.

Hosted by Garry Meier of WGN Radio, the event will feature an open bar, live auctions, food and desserts.

Headlining the musical lineup will be guitarist Lonnie Brooks, an inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, and singer Shemekia Copeland.

Tickets for the event, scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m., cost $175 each; $150 of each ticket purchase is tax deductible.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling Betty Duncan at (847) 244-1187, ext. 37.