Newton business gives back

Less than one year after its opening, a Newton business is giving back to the community that helps keep it in business.
2 Pink Magnolias in Newton, in conjunction with The Newton-Conover Women's Club, will hold a Wine and Charity event to benefit a service of the Family Guidance Center.
Mother and daughter team Becky and Jennifer Stiver are co-owners of 2 Pink Magnolias, and ever since their store opened in February.
"We really just wanted to have a sense of community," Jennifer said. "They've helped support us, and we wanted to give back."
Ellen Hunsucker, the Newton-Conover Women's Club treasurer, spoke with Ann Peele, director of the Family Guidance Center. Hunsucker said Peele told her the battered women's shelter, a service of the guidance center, need funding to support its operations.
Hunsucker said the Newton-Conover Women's club, since its creation in 1995, donated about $40,000 to the area through service projects. Helping out the Shelter for Battered Women was a no-brainer, she said.
Hunsucker, a friend of Becky and Jennifer, went to 2 Pink Magnolias and told them about the shelter's need for funding.
"They needed a venue, and we were ready to do it," Becky said. "When we opened up the shop, that was one of our goals - to give back to the community."
The Wine and Charity event will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at 2 Pink Magnolias, located 200 N. Main Ave. in Newton. The event is open to the public, and guests are asked to bring a donation of money or an old cell phone.
All donations received during the event will benefit the Shelter for Battered Women.
"We really try to keep all of our money locally," Hunsucker said.
For every $5 or cell phone donated, participants will receive a mystery coupon to use toward a purchase at 2 Pink Magnolias.
Participants can drop off cell phones before the charity event, but coupons are valid only during Thursday's event.
The Family Guidance Center, located in Hickory, is a multi-service agency that provides services for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence, divorce, financial problems or other traumatic events.
According to the Family Guidance Center, 70 deaths occurred in North Carolina resulting from domestic violence. The Shelter for Battered Women housed 190 women and children in 2009, which is the most people served since the shelter opened in 1985.
The Newton-Conover Women's Club is also selling raffle tickets for a handmade quilt to be auctioned at the charity event. Tickets are $1, and you don't have to be present to win. The quilt is currently on display at 2 Pink Magnolias.
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