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Pam's Place Benefits from "Makeover" Contest at CU

CONTACT: Nancy Ellison, Director of Multicultural Affairs

Pam’s Place Benefits from “Makeover” Contest at CU

Athens, W.Va. – Staff members at Concord University conducted the first ever “makeover” contest, with proceeds designated to benefit Pam’s Place, a shelter in Princeton that houses victims, on a temporary basis, of domestic abuse.

Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs; Tammy Monk, director of career services; and Sherrie McMillan, secretary, career services; recruited contestants and conducted the contest, raising $924.

Contestants, all Concord University employees, included the following: Vickie Blankenship, program assistant II; Melanie Daniels, resident hall director for Sarvay Hall and Wilson Hall; Marjie Flanigan, director, student support services; Diane Grych, temporary assistant professor of education; Angela Lamb, assistant professor of recreation and tourism management; Nancy Niles, associate professor of business; Diane Reed, secretary, division of business; Sue Reedy, office assistant; Liz Roth, assistant professor of English; Samantha Vaught, secretary, fine arts department; and Darla Wise, associate professor of biology.

Local businesses provided the following services: a haircut and color and manicure and makeup from Nu Wave Styling Salon in Princeton; a $25 gift certificate from Elizabeth's Boutique in Princeton; and a $200 gift card from the Town & Tweed in Bluefield.

Melanie Daniels was announced the winner of the contest at a luncheon in the Student Center State Room on Thursday, November 16; Daniels is from Beckley. As resident hall director, she is "mother" to 300 students who live in Wilson Hall and Sarvay Hall at Concord. She doesn't have a lot of free time but when she does, she enjoys spending it with family and friends. She enjoys country music and her dream vacation would be a trip to Alaska.

Barbara Hawkins, with Pam’s Place, was the guest speaker. Ms. Hawkins noted that “Pam’s Place” was named after her daughter, Pam, who was killed in 1986 at the age of 24 by her ex-husband. “Pam’s Place is a safe haven for battered women and children and serves Mercer, Tazewell (Va.), Bland (Va.), and Monroe counties,” she said. “If a victim is sexually assaulted, a sexual assault task force, comprised of registered nurses, conducts rape exams on the victims. The task force also provides volunteer advocates who will stay with the victim—if required. The victim is required to secure a restraining order against the alleged batterer.

“Pam’s Place can house up to 25 people in bedrooms that are individually decorated. The children’s room has lots of toys, and we have a room that is handicap accessible.

“Charlene Meade serves as director for Pam’s Place and may be reached at 304-952-8767, Elizabeth Osborne may also be contacted at 304-425-0425,” concluded Ms. Hawkins.