The Zonta Club of Charleston will honor and recognize individuals making a difference in the lives of domestic violence victims at its fifth annual Breaking the Silence Awards Gala on Feb. 7.
The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Harbour Club, 35 Prioleau St. in Charleston. The keynote speaker will be Post and Courier reporter Doug Pardue, a member of the team that produced the five-part series “Till Death Do Us Part.”
The series explored South Carolina’s status as one of the nation’s deadliest states for women, a place where more than 300 had been killed in domestic violence over the past decade, dying at a rate of about one every 12 days.
The event is hosted by the Zonta Club of Charleston and Liza’s Lifeline of South Carolina. The following people will be honored:
Liza’s Lifeline Person of the Year — Patricia Warner Kurent, director of the Tri-County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.
Best Professional — Brenda Edmond, Joint Base Charleston.
Best Advocate — Levolia Rhodes, Goose Creek and Lisa Bullard, city of North Charleston.
Best Volunteer — Christan Rainey, Real MAD.
Tickets, which are $75 per person, include a wine reception, entertainment, sit-down dinner and awards ceremony. Cocktail attire is requested. Tickets can be purchased at zontaofcharleston.com or by mailing a check to: Zonta Foundation c/o Pam Tinsley, 246 Nellie Field Creek, Charleston, SC 29492.