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October 30, 2013

'Cheer You On' rally set for Nov. 15

Gainesville — Staff report

The public is invited to attend a rally set for mid-November that combines education with motivation.

The “Cheer You On” rally set for Friday, Nov. 15, at the Gainesville Civic Center, 311 S. Weaver St. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the rally begins at 9 a.m. with an address by Gainesville Mayor Jim Goldsworthy. The rally benefits Abigail’s Arms and the Cooke County Family Crisis Center in north Texas.

Business professionals, members of the clergy, healthcare workers, women’s groups and ministry groups from Texas and Oklahoma are encouraged to attend. The event’s keynote speaker is Mamie McCullough, Ph.D. — also known as the “I Can” lady, who has influenced audiences for more than 25 years.

“It’s not what happens to you, but what you make out of what happens that counts,” McCullough was recently quoted. This presenter also served as a motivational speaker for the Zig Ziglar Corporation and as president of the corporation’s education division before forming Mamie McCullough & Associates.

Event coordinator Eileen Hinshaw said the rally is to raise awareness on domestic violence and abuse, and to encourage, motivate and educate the public — both professionals and nonprofessionals — who deal with these issues on a regular or daily basis.

“’Cheer You On’ is about stepping up to use the voice we’ve been given to encourage and serve others,” Hinshaw said. “This rally addresses difficult issues in a positive way with the promise that our presenters will bring hope to each and every attendee.”

Sheila Graham, speaker and author of numerous works on women and religion, is also featured.  Graham holds degrees in religion and in women’s studies in religion. During her address, she will share highlights of her journey in a troubled church and the road that led her to freedom.   

And in a section called “It Takes a Village,” moderated by community liaison Kelly-Fiore Watson, the audience is invited to take part in a question-and-answer session. Questions will be fielded by a professional panel of women and men.

“The innate ability many of us have to encourage, motivate and support others is the foundation for a strong village,” said Kim Cook, executive director at Abigail’s Arms. “Victims of violence desperately need to know they have a support system within their reach and, if we reach back, their lives and the lives of their children are transformed forever.”

The online entry fee is $55 per person and includes lunch, a copy of McCullough’s latest book, “I’m Not Waving . . . I’m Drowning,” and an afternoon wine-tasting at Blue Ostrich Winery in Saint Jo. Men and women are welcome.  Lunch will be catered by Sarah’s On the Square.

Rally seating is limited.  For more details and early registration, go to www.cheeryouon.com or contact Eileen Hinshaw at eileen.hinshaw@ntin.net or by phone at (940) 736-7733. Early registration is advised but tickets can also be purchased at the door for $65 per person, pending availability.

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