The Women’s Center’s ‘Spring Fling’

Pictured L-R: Assemblyman Chris A. Brown; Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes; The Women’s Center’s CEO, Claudia Ratzlaff; The Women’s Center’s Director of DreamCatcher Program Dawne Lomangino- DiMauro and board member Bernice Van Steyn-Weiss; and City of Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser


The Women’s Center’s annual ‘Spring Fling’ Luncheon and Fundraiser took place on April 27 to highlight The Center’s 42 years of service in the community. Assem­blyman Brown presented The Center with a special proclamation, recognizing their work to end oppression and violence while engaging, educating and empowering diverse and marginalized communities for the past 42 years. Over the years, thousands and thousands of individuals have reached out to The Center looking for help. What started out as a handful of volunteers in 1974 has grown into an agency with over 60 staff and a multitude of services.

“It was wonderful to see how many people came out to support our ‘Spring Fling’ Luncheon,” said Claudia Ratzlaff, CEO, The Women’s Center. “Everyone’s continued support will allow us to con­tinue our work around the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, while also focusing on improving early childhood care and education,” she added.

This year’s ‘Spring Fling’ had an emphasis on the fight against human trafficking. The event also presented Golden Sun Awards, honoring those who have been integral in working to eradicate human trafficking throughout the state. Honorees included various levels of law enforcement and volunteer agencies that have been partners with The Center and have helped to make changes throughout the state. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit The Center’s ongoing programs, services and workshops, which help provide much needed support and assistance to clients in preparing for their next transition in life.