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Monarch Award

The 1 in 3 Foundation is seeking nominations for the presentation of the Monarch Award.

The 1 in 3 Foundation created the Monarch Award to recognize individuals from Smith County who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence, raise awareness on behalf of sexual trauma survivors or have shown excellence in providing healing and care for survivors. The 1 in 3 Foundation will select two finalists annually for the award. Nominations may be submitted for oustanding inviduals working to end sexual violence. Nominees must reside in Smith County. Nominations must be submitted by October 1.

The nomination form can be completed HERE.

The Monarch Award will be presented during the 2023 Evolve Women’s Conference slated for November 2 at the WT Brookshire Conference Center. Evolve is hosted by the 1 in 3 Foundation and proceeds from the conference will benefit the nonprofit organization’s programs. Evolve was created for women of East Texas looking to connect, learn and grow personally and professionally. Sessions include an emphasis on mental health. The Monarch Award will be presented during the lunch portion of the conference.

The 1 in 3 Foundation is a Smith County-based nonprofit organization that provides healing, recovery resources and support for adult women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault.

“We determined the name Monarch Award because of the symbolism of the butterfly and its meaning for our organization,” said 1 in 3 Foundation Founder and Executive Director Maya Bethany. “Our logo incorporates a butterfly because it represents great transformation and that is 1 in 3 Foundation’s goal to transform the lives of survivors into something vibrant and beautiful. Also, the term monarch refers to a sovereign individual. We want to honor those who shine like kings and queens on behalf of survivors. We appreciate all advocates and care providers and this is our opportunity to share our gratitude for what they do in our community by recognizing their efforts.”

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