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The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Shelterhouse) of Midland and Gladwin Counties is pleased to announce Paul and Kim White will serve as Honorary Chairpersons for its annual spring fundraiser, Chefs for Shelterhouse, presented by The Dow Chemical Company. The event will be held Thursday, April 26, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., at the Midland Center for the Arts.

“We’ve come to understand there is a total lack of discrimination when it comes to abuse,” noted Paul White. “It doesn’t discriminate against any economic, racial, religious, educational or other group. Shelterhouse provides compassionate care, support, and help for EVERYONE. You can share in this gratitude for all Shelterhouse does. We invite everyone who enjoys feeling good in supporting great organizations in our community, to begin a gratifying journey of support by committing today to purchase tickets to the Chefs for Shelterhouse event on April 26th.”

Paul White is a third generation dry cleaner and president of Roth Cleaners, Inc. who began working in the industry at age 12. After attending Central Michigan University, Paul joined Roth Cleaners in 1979, working alongside his father. In 1985, he moved to Lansing and pursued a sales career in another industry, and returned to the Great Lakes Bay Region to purchase the family business in 1992. Paul is a graduate of the Great Lakes Bay Region Leadership Institute and Leadership Midland, and is a member of the Rotary Club, Midland Area Chamber of Commerce and Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Paul is a home-bound minister and Eucharistic minister at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Midland and has been a Mobile Meals delivery volunteer in Bay City since 1992. He continues to serve on the board of the Arc of Michigan and on the Community Bank Board for Chemical Bank. Paul is a regular volunteer in the Midland Public Schools and has a special passion for public speaking on the topics of living a positive life, serving others, and supporting the local community.

Kim White grew up in Holt, Michigan, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Davenport University in Grand Rapids. She went on to work for both the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Today, her primary responsibilities are managing a very busy household and volunteering in the community, at church and at the schools. Kim leads a Cub Scout Pack of 72 boys at Plymouth Elementary school, and is a regular volunteer at Plymouth, Northeast Middle School and Midland High School. In addition, she serves the Arc of Midland on its “Everyone in Education” committee. For Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kim teaches Faith Formation and Youth Ministry, and is a home-bound minister and Eucharistic minister. Also, Kim teaches a variety of seminars for the Lake Huron Area Council of Boy Scouts.

In April 2010, the Whites and their four sons received the “Heart of the Community Award” from the United Way of Midland County.

Each year, the Chefs for Shelterhouse event raises funds to provide programs and services for Shelterhouse clients for the next 12 months. Local area chefs prepare their signature dishes, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts for the event and guests enjoy sampling their creations. The Annual Healing the Hurt Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in addressing the issues of domestic and sexual violence in our community. The award is jointly sponsored by MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland and Shelterhouse. The “Breaking the Silence” raffle drawing is also held and always has extraordinary prizes.

Tickets for the event are $50 and will be available March 28 from any Shelterhouse Board member and at the following locations: Chemical Bank (all Midland locations), Roth Cleaners (all Midland and Bay City locations), Ieuter Insurance Group, Re/Max of Midland, and Village Green.

Each year, the Chefs for Shelterhouse event raises funds to provide programs and services for Shelterhouse clients for the next 12 months. Local area chefs prepare their signature dishes, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts for the event and guests enjoy sampling their creations. The Annual Healing the Hurt Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in addressing the issues of domestic and sexual violence in our community. The award is jointly sponsored by MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland and Shelterhouse. The “Breaking the Silence” raffle drawing is also held and always has extraordinary prizes.

Tickets for the event are $50 and will be available March 28 from any Shelterhouse Board member and at the following locations: Chemical Bank (all Midland locations), Roth Cleaners (all Midland and Bay City locations), Ieuter Insurance Group, Re/Max of Midland, and Village Green.

Shelterhouse’s mission is to eliminate domestic and sexual violence by providing advocacy, education, and shelter for people in Midland and Gladwin Counties. The organization aims to build healthy relationships, strong families, and safe communities. During the past fiscal year, Shelterhouse served more than 1100 women, children and men. Additionally, more than 13,000 individuals participated in community education, prevention, and outreach programs. All services are confidential—contact Shelterhouse at 989-835-6771.