Genesis Alliance hosts April 19 luncheon to fight domestic violence

Press release
from The Genesis Alliance

On Friday, April 19, the Tenth Annual Genesis Alliance Luncheon will be held at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel. This year the keynote speaker will be Geoff Sidoli, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Director Barium Springs, who will discuss the neuroscience and effects of trauma on the brain and public health issues associated with violence in the home. Prior to taking over as clinical director, Geoff worked with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse for over 17 years. Barium Springs (www.bariumsprings,org) has been serving the mental health needs and providing hope for children, families and individuals since 1891. The nonprofit organization serves 41 counties in Western North Carolina. He continues to conduct psychosexual trauma assessments for children and adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors, Sex Offense Specific Evaluations for adults and juveniles, and training and consultation to local and state organizations.

A silent auction precedes the luncheon with the proceeds to benefit the Genesis Alliance Scholarship Program and Fund. This organization seeks to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence. To raise money for the organization, a number of exciting items–lovely jewelry, including 3 strands of high end pearls, beauty care packages (facial treatments, botox, dermabrasion, massages), hotel stays (Grove Park Inn, Hilton Hotel), sports activities, and delicious cakes and pastries–are all up for bidding in the silent auction, which starts at 11 a.m. This event is open to the public.

Tickets to the luncheon start at $75 for an individual, through various levels of table sponsorship up to $5000 for a Presenting sponsor. To purchase tickets or sponsor a table and learn more, visit, or call Hellen Goldfarb at (828) 274-4064. From its first luncheon in 2003 through today, the Genesis Alliance, along with heartfelt community support, has raised over $325,000 to help those whose lives have been uprooted by domestic violence and child abuse. The Genesis Alliance has given a significant amount of money to a number of organizations, such as Helpmate, CAPS, Pisgah Legal Services, Mission Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Center, OUR Voice–Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Agency, Women at Risk, WCCJ, and CARING for Children.

The current president and one of the early founders is Sidney Powell. The co-chairmen of this year’s auction are Shari Hayes, Cathy Steinback and Cynthia Watson. This year’s sponsors include: Platinum Sponsors: Sidney Powell, Mike and Cathy Steinback, Barbra and Keith Love; Corporate Sponsors: Asheville Renaissance Hotel, Tom and Irma Allison; Gold Sponsors: Callie and John Stingel, Carrie, Jerry and Pat Keller, Mission Health,The Van Winkle Law Firm, and TLC For You, Inc. Please join the Genesis Alliance in the crucial endeavor to bring about a new beginning and break the cycle of domestic violence.

The Genesis Alliance is a nonprofit volunteer organization created to raise community awareness of the pervasiveness and effects of violence against women and children and to empower survivors to create and establish healthy and productive lives. No member of the Genesis Alliance is paid anything other than reimbursement of expenses for supplies. The organization is 501 (c) 3.


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