Buffalo, N.Y., November 26, 2019—In partnership with the Family Justice Center (FJC) of Erie County, The Bonadio Group recently hosted, “Cocktails & Conversation,” an event to aid one of the region’s key supports for people in abusive relationships. With more than 50 people in attendance, the fundraiser and educational opportunity raised over $1,400. All proceeds will be donated to the FJC’s new wellness center.

Nancy Cox, a Partner at The Bonadio Group and a Family Justice Center Board Member, came up with the idea for a partnership with colleagues Peggy Chmielewski, Susan Fiscus and Kelly Kanick. The group began brainstorming how to collaborate after a tour of the FJC and learning about the center’s growing resources.

“When we learned that the Family Justice Center would be expanding on the wonderful services that they already provide and adding a wellness center, we were compelled to help,” said Cox. “We ultimately decided to host an event that would allow us to raise money and foster support and understanding by educating people about the prevalence of abuse.”

The Bonadio Group held the event to raise both money and awareness in support of the FJC, an organization which provides free services for domestic violence victims and their children, offering the support they need to safely escape abuse. As part of the evening, attendees learned more about the FJC’s mission and heard personal accounts of survivors’ stories.

“As a member of the FJC’s board, I’ve learned so much about how domestic violence impacts the people in our community,” said Cox. “One in four people have been in or know someone who has been in an abusive relationship and it takes an average of seven times for an individual to get out of an unhealthy relationship. With the help of the FJC, I believe we can change these statistics, save lives, and break the cycle of violence and abuse.”

To learn more or donate, please visit https://www.fjcsafe.org/.

About The Bonadio Group

Founded in 1978, The Bonadio Group is a nationally ranked Top 50 CPA firm offering accounting, tax, and consulting services to clients of all sizes. The Firm’s professionals deliver practical, proactive, and innovative solutions to help clients reach their financial, compliance, management, and personal goals. The Bonadio Group is the largest independent provider of accounting, tax, and consulting services in upstate New York—with offices in Albany, Batavia, Buffalo, East Aurora, Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica. The Bonadio Group also has offices in New York City, Rutland, Vt., and Dallas. For more information, visit www.bonadio.com.

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