Chandlers Restaurant this week made its 4th annual donation to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) and strengthened its mission to promote safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault.
In 2007, Rex Chandler, owner of Chandlers Restaurant, had the idea to create a Mother’s Day tradition in which donations made to the WCA by patrons celebrating Mother’s Day at Chandlers would be matched or exceeded by Chandlers. Since then, Chandlers has become a WCA Corporate Pillar at the Freedom Level.
“I believe that it’s fundamentally important for members of our community to pay forward the good fortune we are blessed to have,” said Chandler. “Being raised by a single mom, I understand the challenges single moms are faced with and believe that the WCA is the most worthy of our efforts and charitable hearts.”
This year, Chandlers’ patrons donated $2,000 to the WCA; Chandlers opted to exceed their matching donation by contributing $2,500 to the WCA. In addition to Chandlers’ donation, Sunwest Bank made a sizable contribution earmarked for WCA foundations and grants.
“Chandlers has been a wonderful Corporate Pillar partner for three years now and we are so grateful,” said Bea Black, WCA executive director. “Rex and Mary Beth Chandler are such fabulous ambassadors for the WCA, helping us raise awareness of issues important to our community.”
The Women’s and Children’s Alliance, 720 W. Washington, provides safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. The WCA operates two 24-hour information lines, secure shelter and transitional housing and provides professional counseling, legal advocacy, licensed child care, financial literacy and life skills training, and case management services.