Zonta Club gala to honor domestic violence workers

Christan Rainey lost his entire family to domestic violence. He is one of the honorees at the Zonta Club of Charleston’s gala.

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.