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Led by Anastasia Quinones, Dallas chefs to host important fundraiser for Genesis Women’s Shelter


<span class=”fl-cta-text-content”>Genesis Women’s Shelter is one of Dallas’ unsung heroes, which means we need to start singing its praises. Founded to give women escaping domestic violence a safe place to get back on their feet, the non-profit offers emergency shelter, counseling services. 

“For the call that comes at 2 in the morning, when a woman is run out of her house with only the clothes on her back – getting her help is our core mission,” writes Genesis CEO Jan Edgar Langbein on their website.

Founded 30 years ago as a safe haven for women and children fleeing an immediate threat of domestic violence, Genesis helps more than 650 women and kids who enter their doors carrying only the clothes on their backs and looking for one thing: safety. They find themselves without a home, without food and kids who need help. The women and their children are welcome to stay at Genesis’ emergency shelter for up to six weeks (the shelter sits at an undisclosed location to maximize safety).

A group of kind-minded Dallas chefs is leading a charge to raise money for Genesis. On Monday, December 19, they’ll host an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, serve cocktails and small bites, and offer a silent auction fundraiser. Advance tickets cost $60, with 100 percent going to Genesis. A dozen chefs from restaurants that include Hatties, Uchi, Cedars Social, Pachi Pachi Cheese Co, BBbop, and Resident Taqueria  are partcipating, led by chef  Anastacia Quiñones of Oddfellows.

“We will be having an ugly sweater contest, THE photo wagon, and reps from That Ugly Sweater Store will have racks of sweaters ready to purchase.  I’m working on getting tattoo artists to do tattoos at the event as well,” Quiñones wrote in a note to Hatch HQ.
“Genesis does not recieve government funding, or United Way funding.  They provide, housing, education, food, clothing, EVERYTHING free of charge to their women and children.  The only way they can do this is by private funding and charities.”
If you’re able to help, please consider attending or making a donation. Tickets here.

(Did you know that Genesis operates a thrift store where 100 percent of the funds raised go to the shelter and its programs? Ping the Benefit Thrift Store at 214-520-6644.)

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