January 2018
Meet Our New
Interim Executive Director
Cheryl Kilodavis
After nearly 4 decades of services in south King County, DAWN is at the opportune time to set the foundation for a strong, growth trajectory to meet ongoing community demand for more DAWN programs and services. The board has appointed Interim Executive Director Cheryl Kilodavis who will put in place a strong foundation that connects every moving part of the organization to support the vision, mission, and core values of the organization. Once set, DAWN will seek and hire a permanent Executive Director to develop and execute the next generation of DAWN.

For more on the leadership transition happening at DAWN, see our Media Release.
About Cheryl Kilodavis:

Born and raised in Seattle and a graduate of Garfield High School, Cheryl Kilodavis started her college education in engineering at the University of the Pacific, and then moved into business, ultimately getting her MBA from Seattle University. She is also a graduate of the Seattle University Executive Leadership Program. Throughout her diverse career, Cheryl has focused on tangible outcomes, growth in people, leadership, and company transformations. 
Kilodavis runs her own Strategic Consulting company called KD Talent, housing a few high-profile clients after recently transitioning from President of Qliance. She has been the Chief of Staff to many CEOs, leading organizations through change. Kilodavis has not-for-profit experience having founded and ran Authentici.org, an organization which enabled middle school students at Madrona K-8 Public School to embrace their individual authenticity and explore their interests and passions by connecting them with applicable leaders and experts in the community. She has had leadership roles at Allrecipes.com, The Seattle Times Company, HBO, CBS, Scripps Howard Cable, and Cellular One. Known for her unique blend of compassion and action, Kilodavis is recognized as one of eHow’s Shift Top 100 Women, winner of the Harvey Milk Diversity and Equality Award, awarded top honors with Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honors Society) membership, and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a best-selling children’s book author who travels the country and speaks about living a life of positivity and acceptance. 
DAWN of a New Day Breakfast
Save the Date! April 25th is our DAWN of a New Day Breakfast! We can't wait to share all about what's happening at DAWN . We're building exciting new partnerships and growing programs to help even more survivors of domestic violence, and we are so happy to have your support.

Watch for registration information soon!
Adopt-A-Family Success
DAWN's annual Adopt A Family program grew by leaps and bounds this past December. Our donors helped us adopt more the 575 people! That's over 170 families in our community! They each got a lot support to give Christmas to their children and themselves while they were going through domestic violence situations at the holidays. It's a special program to all of us here at DAWN, and we can't thank you all enough for the donations!
Pictured above: Presents lined up in our offices waiting for families to pick them up.

Pictured left: A volunteer from a group at Starbucks helping prepare the gifts for families.
Thank You to our new partners!
Amazon Donations Making a Huge Impact
Check out this amazing donation for our shelter and clients. Pallets full of desperately needed items donated from AMAZON! Incredible! Diapers, Lotions, self care items, and so much more. This will help 100's of people.

Also a huge shout out to our volunteer Keith who supplies the truck and the muscle to help get this all to the shelter!
Uber has commited $5 million toward preventing sexual assault cases and domestic abuse across the U.S.

DAWN is a recipient of a grant from that fund which will help our clients with transportation to appointments that are necessary to keep them safe and help them move into more permanent housing away from their abuser.
Sponsors - Driving the Mission
Sponsoring fundraising events is a huge part of the driving force here at DAWN. We can't thank our Sponsors enough. We are already planning for our Breakfast this Spring and Auction in the Fall. We are searching for Sponsors for both events, and matching Donors for other fundraising drives. It's a great way to stretch your donations! Contact Erin Sims today for more information on how you can get involved and help DAWN clients through sponsorship.
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