On Monday, Sept. 24, TODAY’s former Co-Host Tamron Hall will speak at the Lerner Crystal Ballroom luncheon, bringing hope, awareness, and empowerment to those suffering from abusive relationships and the families and friends who love them. Proceeds from the event will benefit YWCA’s Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elkhart County.
In 2004 Hall’s sister Renate was found “fatally beaten and bludgeoned to death, floating face-down in her backyard pool in Houston, Texas,” according to People. The 48-year-old mother of two had experienced several relationships with abusive men. Hall herself once rescued her sister from a boyfriend who was beating her but discovered the next morning that Renate had invited him back into her home.
Hall, her family, and her sister’s two sons harbored guilt for not having done more to keep Renate safe. Through this devastating experience, the award-winning journalist realized how helpless she felt. While there is assistance available to victims in dangerous relationships, she found a lack of support for families or friends who struggled with knowing what to say or do. This was her motivation to launch the Tamron (Heart) Renate Fund in support of Safe Horizon.
The luncheon, hosted by the YWCA, will kick-off the October Domestic Abuse Awareness Month activities. To read more about the event and to purchase tickets/tables, visit the YWCA’s website.