“Removing the Mask” Domestic Violence Awareness Gala Opens Its Doors in Atlanta For a Worthy Cause

October 29th 2011 Masquerade Event Aims to Empower, Raise Funds and Awareness in Georgia

Online PR News – 23-September-2011 – – Atlanta, GA (September 1, 2011) – Health and Wellness Specialist Dr. Maiysha Clairborne MD, (http://www.removingthemask.org/), announced today she will be partnering with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence for the first annual "Removing the Mask" Domestic Violence Awareness Gala to take place in Atlanta, Georgia October 29th 2011 at The Defoors Center Art Gallery. The event will promote prevention, education, advocacy, and the much needed empowerment to end current, and prevent future domestic violence. While, the masquerade-themed evening targets the health and wellness community, the general public is more than encouraged to attend, as this exciting event will feature live music, dancing, spoken word performances, food and cocktails. A fundraising goal of $50,000 has been set for the evening with a hearty portion of proceeds raised to directly benefit The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV). Tickets for the upcoming gala can be purchased for $50 at www.mbswellness.org/removingthemask.html, or at the door on October 29th for an increased rate of $75. Sponsors for the evening include Cheryl Allen Events and Mogul Media Solutions.

“I feel that it is extremely important to bring awareness to this issue. Most people don’t realize how just one incident of domestic violence can really impact a persons life or warp their view of the world. Whether they are a man, woman, teen or child.” stated Dr. Maiysha Clairborne who is also a child witness survivor of domestic violence. “Exposure to domestic violence can potentially cause a child to spiral down the wrong path, becoming victims themselves, or even taking the role of the abuser in the future. It changes the way people look at life and love as adults or as young teens. It’s up to us to educate people, promote peace and prevention in the community and among health professionals. It is time that we remove the mask on domestic violence; it is not ok in any way, shape or form.”

Atlanta’s elite is expected to be in attendance along with possible attendance from Mayor Kasim Reed and sports figures from the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Dreams. The evening will also provide attendees to participate in a silent auction to benefit the cause. Winning bidders will walk away with luxurious items such as exclusive hotel stays, getaways trips, jewelry, art, electronics, and other unique products.

Dr. Clairborne serves as a board member of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) which is a statewide non-profit organization that brings together member agencies, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are committed to ending domestic violence. Guided by the voices of survivors, they work to educate and create social change by addressing the root causes of domestic violence. GCADV leads advocacy efforts for responsive public policy and foster quality, comprehensive prevention and intervention services throughout the state.

To purchase tickets please visit http://removingthemask.eventbrite.com
For more information regarding the first annual "Removing the Mask" Domestic Violence Awareness Gala or for media access or sponsorship opportunities please contact 877.841.7244, or email info@beauitifulplanning.com.

About Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne is an American board certified family physician turned wellness & stress management coach. She is the founder of Mind Body Spirit Wellness Inc., where she has focused on helping clients achieve and maintaining emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being through her various programs for nearly a decade. She received her BA in Psychology at Emory University then completed her medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL. She also completed her post-graduate training in acupuncture with The Academy of Pain Research Acupuncture and the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. She is an internationally recognized author and public speaker, giving wellness techniques to individuals and groups alike. She is the author of the book “Eat Your Disease Away,” and has been featured on numerous Television, Radio and Magazine features surrounding Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention. You can visit her wellness website at http://mbswellness.org/index.html, follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DrMaiysha or follow her on twitter at https://twitter.com/DrMaiysha .