Women & Children First: The Center Against Family Violence (WCF) is honored to announce Marisa Nabholz as the 2023 Woman of the Year. Nabholz Construction has been an important WCF Community Partner since the early 2000s. The gala will take place on Saturday, February 4th, 2023, at the Little Rock Marriott Grand Ballroom.
The Woman of the Year Gala is in its 17th year and WCF is grateful for almost two decades of success! Last year’s gala raised $385,000 for the victims WCF serves. This event is a vital revenue stream, but more importantly, it brings much needed awareness of domestic violence to our community.
Marisa Nabholz’ passion for women and children of Arkansas only deepened when her youngest, Caleb, was born nine weeks premature. He spent almost five months in Arkansas Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before coming home. The proud mother of three now works to ensure other women and children in need receive the care they deserve. She is a current Arkansas Children’s Auxiliary Board Member and Playaway Gift Shop Volunteer. Marisa previously served as an Our House “Dinner on the Grounds” co-chair in 2020, a Miracle Ball co-chair in 2017, and is a past member of the Junior Auxiliary of Conway. She is also an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its school.
“Do you know that feeling when your house has truly become a home? Nabholz became one of WCF’s beacons toward finding that feeling over the years. Our once dilapidated porch turned into this beautiful place of solace for the victims we serve. Our replaced roof reinforced that symbolism of safety that is so important to us. The generosity of Marisa and her family has kept our building going,” says Angela McGraw, WCF Executive Director.
Marisa is devoted to creating a healthy environment for all children in Arkansas. It is not uncommon to find her simultaneously fundraising for a black-tie event and providing snack bags for a shelter party at WCF. Given Marisa’s community involvement, she was an easy choice for the 2023 honoree. Marisa’s work parallels the mission of WCF, as well as her focal point of serving others.
“The core focus of WCF is to provide our guests a safe environment. Marisa and her family are an integral part of keeping our families safe. We are blessed to have a great community partner in Marisa,” says Diana Smithson, WCF Board Chair.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2023 gala, contact Megan McBroome, WCF Director of Development, at 501-349-8547 or [email protected], or visit www.wcfarkansas.org.
About Women & Children First
The mission of Women & Children First is “safety, strength, and hope for all victims of family violence.” Following the Family Peace Center Model, WCF has the most comprehensive approach to addressing domestic violence in Arkansas and has been working for over 40 years to empower all victims and their children to live independently and free from family violence by providing crisis intervention, safe shelter, social/legal advocacy, and support services. Last year, WCF provided emergency shelter to 236 adult guests, answered over 4,000 calls, including information and referral calls in addition to crisis calls, provided a safe place for 225 children in the shelter, and provided 132 families, including 202 children, with Transitional Housing services as they sought permanent housing after leaving the shelter.
For more information about Women & Children First, visit www.wcfarkansas.org. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, call our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 501-376-3219 or 1-800-332-4443.