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Love it at Stella’s bridal shop celebrates month of giving with donation to support Springboard’s programs for survivors and victims of domestic violence

(Westminster, MD., Dec. 6) It’s a match! In November, Love it at Stella’s, a bridal attire shop in Carroll County partnered with Springboard Community Services to set hope in motion through a creative fundraising campaign that raised $2,000 to support services for victims and survivors of domestic violence.

During November, Stella’s donated $20 from the sale of every gown or dress to the fund for Springboard’s work with victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

Springboard is Carroll County’s primary provider of domestic abuse services. Springboard staff guide victims of abuse through the criminal justice system, offer crisis intervention, counseling, temporary shelter, and help with basic needs, such as food, clothing, and accessing community resources.

“Our shop brings happiness to brides and grooms on their wedding day,” said Love it at Stella’s Co-owner, Doris Dower. “And, through this donation, we are able to support and brighten the lives of women and children in crisis.” As a women-owned business that serves primarily women, Stella’s Co-Owners chose to support Springboard’s work with victims and survivors of domestic violence during the month of giving.
Stella’s Co-Owner, Doris Dower, presented Springboard’s Carroll County staff with a check for $2,000.

Accepting the gift on behalf of Springboard was Domestic Violence Housing Coordinator, Elizabeth Davoren (c) along with Springboard Carroll County colleagues, Tatyana Worthington (left), and Kayla Lauer Vogt (far right).

“We value this partnership with Stella’s which strengthens our community connection, builds camaraderie, and truly helps women and children regain safety, stability and fosters healthy relationships,” said F.T. Burden, CEO of Springboard Community Services.

Background: Since 1849, Springboard Community Service, formerly known as Family and Children’s Services, has dedicated itself to transforming the lives of Maryland’s most vulnerable. In Carroll County, Springboard is the primary provider of services related to domestic abuse. https://www.springboardmd.org/domestic-violence/

Love it at Stella’s, , formerly known as Paceys, opened in Baltimore’s Highlandtown community on Eastern Avenue in the 1950s. The shop was even featured in John Water’s award-winning movie, Hairspray. In 2014, the shop moved to the historic center of Westminster. https://www.loveitatstellas.com/

Springboard Main Number: 410-669-9000 
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotlines

  • Springboard Carroll County: 443-865-8031 
  • Baltimore County: 410-828-6390 
  • National: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) 
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FT Burden

Chief Executive Officer

F.T. was appointed Springboard Community Services as CEO in September of 2015 following a national search that yielded more than 200 candidates. Prior to joining SCS, he served for nearly 15 years as President & CEO of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. / Empire Homes of Maryland. F.T.’s chief duties include leading fund and partnership development, cultivating the board of directors, and establishing the agency’s strategic direction and vision. A Florida native, F.T. enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending live music and dance performances.