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Healing Center Plans Fundraiser To Support Services For Sexual Assault Survivors

Thursday, October 30, 2008

MILWAUKEE, WI -- The Healing Center will hold a breakfast fundraiser 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, with Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton as the featured speaker.

The Healing Center provides advocacy, support groups, counseling and art therapy to survivors and their families. It also offers therapies such as massage, Reiki, yoga and Pilates through a relationship with CORE/El Centro, a non-profit natural healing center.

"When we decided to start the center in 2001, there was nothing like it in the U.S.," said Maryann K. Clesceri, executive director of The Healing Center. "A core group of people built the space, hired the staff, got the funding and were passionate about making it a reality. Many of them were Aurora employees who went well beyond their job description to contribute to this innovative concept."

Cost for the event is $50 per ticket. Please call 414-671-HEAL, ext 414, or email Clesceri at to order.

About The Healing Center
The Healing Center, on the fourth floor at 611 W. National Ave., is affiliated with Aurora Health Care but is an independently funded program that relies on community support. Aurora provides administrative functions, human resources, Web site maintenance, accounting and fringe benefits that allow staff to focus on working with low-income, vulnerable and undocumented victims of sexual abuse. Information about the Healing Center is available at 414-671-HEAL or on the web at

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CONTACT: Sue Pierman, 414-647-6432

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