She's making a lot of lives better

04/28/2010 12:00 AM

04/28/2010 3:34 PM

According to Audrey Herman, profiling her is not important: making a difference in people's lives is.

Herman wants to make a difference for women who are battered or victims of domestic violence.

Herman, 62 - with husband, Don, and 3-year-old dog, Lizzie - lives within walking distance of Blakeney and Stonecrest Shopping Centers.

Audrey and Don Herman relocated to Charlotte 15 years ago from Manhattan; Audrey still describes herself as a "true New Yorker." She is proud to say, "Those who know me know I'm a very persistent and a very verbal person and very rarely take no for an answer."

That attitude has won her success in volunteering and fundraising. She's passionate about helping battered women. Herman is hosting a fundraiser May 15. The fourth annual Mahjongg/Game Day fundraiser for the Shelter for Battered Women, a division of United Family Services, will be at St. Matthew Church in south Charlotte.

Herman established the Mahjongg/Game Day fundraiser four years ago to bring awareness to domestic violence and raise money for the shelter.

This year, the fundraiser is expanding to include a speaker: Michelle Johnson Major - a mother, artist and battered woman herself. Herman hopes to double the money raised last year; from the entrance fee, live auction and 50/50 raffle, she knows she can raise more than $2,400 this year. Lunch is included - a $15 donation gets you in.

The proceeds will be given to the Shelter for Battered Women. Libby McLaughlin, chief development officer at the shelter, said, "We are much appreciative of the fundraiser and (Herman) bringing awareness" to domestic violence. "Nationally, one in four women at some point in their life are victims of domestic violence."

Herman is motivated by these figures to get the word out. Come to St. Matthew on May 15; Herman will be there with a smile and a hug to greet you.

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