By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Victims' rights event planned for Friday
Ms. Veteran America and sexual assault survivor, Elizabeth Luras,
Ms. Veteran America and sexual assault survivor, Elizabeth Luras,

Girls on the Run, Savannah Kennel Club, and SD Gunner Fund are hosting a free empowering, victims’ rights event called Dogs Are a Girl’s Best Friend on Friday, August 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Victory North in Savannah.

This multi-level event, emceed by Renee LaSalle, will include outdoor activities for children; live music, hors d’oeurves, a silent auction, and cash bar on the first level; community resources such as Girls on the Run, Mary’s Place, Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program, SD Gunner Fund and more on the second level; and on-site crisis counseling on the third level.

The evening will culminate with Ms. Veteran America and sexual assault survivor, Elizabeth Luras, being presented with a Shiloh Shephard puppy that will be specially trained as her service dog. Luras suffered military sexual trauma as a young soldier. She has overcome the challenges of the past to help others today, advocating for MST (military sexual trauma) veterans. She can relate to the hardships and unique challenges MST veterans face. Luras competed in Ms. Veteran America, which raises money for homeless female veterans and their children, and she also received the Ms. Resilience award for her extensive work with veterans.

Free tickets are available at

If you are interested, there is still time to donate an item/experience to the silent auction or to become a sponsor. Please contact Donna Merkle at 703-969-9990 or for additional information.

All monies raised will benefit the host organizations while providing resources and awareness for all participating organizations. The Savannah Kennel Club will donate its funds to the AKC Humane Fund. The AKC Humane Fund is proud to be the leading organization that provides financial assistance to domestic abuse shelters that accept pets. Their grants make it easier for women’s shelters to welcome pets and help break the cycle of domestic abuse.

Sign up for our E-Newsletters