Western Women’s Event to Support Victims of Domestic Violence

Every year statistically 5.3 million women are abused and 500,000 women are stalked by an intimate partner in the United States. Of those abused 1,200 are killed by their abusers. Domestic Violence touches all facets of the abused person’s life. It is a personal, sociological and professional tragedy. It affects not only the abused, but their family, children, and friends.

In the workplace alone the stats are astounding. 96% of those abused can directly attribute problems in the workplace due to their abuse, 74% are harassed while at work by their abuser and 54% miss days at work not due to normal illness but because of being abused. Abuse discourages a person from becoming all they can be and expand and develop their natural talents and abilities. (*stats from the American Institute on Domestic Violence).

Being our best, making the most of our abilities and passion for pool is something in the cue sports community that binds us all together. Imagine wanting to play your best, but something or someone specifically bound your arms, immobilized you where you couldn’t even pick up a cue, how frustrating and helpless you might feel. People who are abused feel that way everyday mentally towards life. They need support to rebuild their lives. Shelters all across the U.S. are instrumental in helping those abused regain the life they lost or may have never had before.

On April 3-4, 2010 the 1st Annual Western Women’s Charity 9-Ball Challenge is taking place to benefit the Shade Tree Shelter in Las Vegas, NV.  The event will take place at Rum Runner’s Las Vegas, immediately following the well known bar table event The Andy Mercer Memorial Tournament.

The $1100 added, women’s only handicapped 9-Ball event will have a maximum 32 player field this inaugural year and feature a player auction Friday, April 2 at 8 pm also at Rum Runner’s. In addition to any direct cash donations, the following will be donated to benefit the Shade Tree Shelter: 50% of the proceeds from the player auction, 100% of all raffle ticket sales, and 30% of player entries. The $1100 added money and 70% of the player entries will be paid completely back to the event player payouts.

The event is sponsored by the well known Las Vegas pool and billiard tavern, Rum Runners; CueSports International and BCA Pool League; Southern Nevada 9-Ball Tavern’s Association League; the Las Vegas APA; Accinge LLC ; The Break Magazine; and Las Vegas Billiards Buzz.

Below are the event details:

Date: April 3-4, 2010

Host Room: Rum Runner

1801 East Tropicana Ave

Las Vegas, Nevada

Entry: $55 ($5 green fee)

Open: Host open 24 hours

First Round Start: 12 Noon

Eligibility: All Women Players

Format: 9-Ball, BCAPL Rules, Double Elimination

Race Handicaps: Pro-Level race to 8; A level player race to 6;

B level player race to 5; C level player race to 4

(Player level’s will be verified. If unable to verify, player will race to 6)

Equipment: 7’ Diamond Smart Tables, Simonis 860, Super Aramith Pro balls.

Sorry men are not allowed to enter the tournament but are encouraged to bid on your favorite player! The event organizers are also currently soliciting for raffle donations.

For further information or if interested in donating to the Shade Tree Shelter or raffle items please contact Holly Ryan at (602) 312-8155 /holly@playcsipool.com or Sandra Friestad (702) 340-1430 / slfriestad@accinge1.net . To enter please send a check or money order made payable to: SN9B or Southern Nevada 9-Ball and mail to: SN9B, PO Box 50748, Henderson, Nevada 89016. Include a note that you are entering the Western Women’s Charity 9-Ball Challenge, your full name, address, phone and email. We will accept on-site cash only entries if space is available.

For more information about the Shade Tree Shelter please visit: www.theshadetree.org

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