Men For Change


Do you remember turning 20? It was a milestone event where you simultaneously celebrated your past achievements and looked ahead, knowing that big things were going to happen in the coming years.
At this year's 20th Annual Men For Change breakfast and silent auction on April 25, 2017, we'll do exactly as you did. We will honor the past noting our vibrant Leadership with a Legacy - and renew our commitment to the future of Safe Alliance, raising much-needed funds and awareness for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Young Professional of the Year Award. Please see below for details and requirements. Nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2017. 

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Men For Change Speaker: William Gay

William Gay is cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After playing college football for the University of Louisville, he was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Over the years he has built up impressive stats earning him the spot as the No. 34 overall corner among 118 qualifiers. 

You may remember back in 2015 when William Gay made headlines for being fined by the NFL for wearing purple cleats in Week 7 in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While Gay knew that he would break the NFL's uniform code with the purple cleats, he felt that his bigger mission was accomplished by saying, "People now know what purple means. We're taking steps."

Gay's mother was murdered in a domestic violence incident when he was eight years old. At the urging of other family members, his mother left her boyfriend. Shortly after she had ended the relationship, the boyfriend found her and shot her three times. The boyfriend then killed himself.

Join us on April 25th to hear William Gay's story and how he is utilizing his resources to raise awareness about domestic violence in memory of his mother. 

2017 Young Professional of the Year Award

What's Men For Change?
A group of community leaders called Men For Change works on behalf of Safe Alliance to raise funds and public awareness about the epidemic of domestic violence and the role men can play to model appropriate behaviors toward women while serving as role models for youth. This year we celebrate our 20th Annual Men For Change event.

Safe Alliance
Safe Alliance is a regional trauma-focused agency that operates the Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter in Charlotte. Safe Alliance has successfully served the community for more than 100 years providing hope and healing to survivors of trauma, domestic and sexual violence, and child abuse.

The Award
Men For Change will honor the area's young, male professionals who show exemplary leadership, have made a positive impact in their community, and have excelled in their careers. Candidates must be nominated by another person. Up to 20 finalists will embark on a 30 day competition to raise funds for Safe Alliance. Each finalist is encouraged to raise at least $1,000. Safe Alliance staff will provide each finalist with a custom webpage; you can ask your social network and colleagues to donate or fundraise for you, host fundraising events, and even donate yourself.

To nominate a young, male professional for this award, please send the following to Carol Shinn, Event Coordinator, at no later than February 28, 2017*:
  • Candidate's name, title, and place of work
  • Candidate's email address and phone number
  • Candidate's birthday (must be 21 39 years as of March 1, 2017)
  • High resolution photo of the candidate
  • Please include details about the candidate's leadership, community engagement, and professional accomplishments. Résumés are welcomed in addition to this narrative.
  • Nominator's name, email address, phone number, and relationship to Candidate.
Incomplete nominations may be disqualified. Finalists will be notified of their candidacy by March 3, 2017. The contest runs March 6 31, 2017. Any nomination may be featured in Safe Alliance marketing materials. *Employees of Safe Alliance are not eligible to win.

All finalists will receive social media exposure. The top five fundraisers will be recognized in a Charlotte Business Journal advertisement. The top fundraiser will be named the 2017 Men For Change Young Professional of the Year and will receive a prize package (TBD) at the 20th Annual Men For Change Breakfast April 25, 2017.

Contact Carol Shinn, 704-367-2702 or Thank you for supporting Safe Alliance!

In an emergency please dial 911

To reach a domestic violence or rape crisis hotline 24/7 call the appropriate number below

Mecklenburg and Lake Norman
Domestic Violence Crisis Line:
704 332 2513
Mecklenburg and Lake Norman
Rape Crisis Line:
704 375 9900
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