DALLAS, TX – (December 5, 2019) – The Mary Kay FoundationSM, a decades-long leader in the mission to eliminate domestic violence, recently donated $25,000 to Denton County Friends of the Family, an organization that serves individuals and families seeking safety and recovery from experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault.

“Through the Mary Kay FoundationSM, Mary Kay is committed to ending domestic violence,” said Melinda Foster Sellers, Chief People Officer with Mary Kay. “It’s personal for us as a company. We strive to educate the public on this epidemic and partner with advocates like the Denton County Friends of the Family to provide helpful tools and resources to the public.”

Since 1980, Friends of the Family has been the sole provider of free, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Denton County. The agency began with a staff of two—after many years of growth and development, Friends of the Family has a staff of 65 and over 600 volunteers. Friends of the Family victim services are designed to be comprehensive in response to all types of abuse that many victims of domestic violence and sexual assault endure.

“We are humbled and grateful for The Mary Kay Foundation’s continued support of our organization,” said Toni Johnson-Simpson, Executive Director with Denton County Friends of the Family. “The funds provided will be used to secure services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who come to the agency seeking help. As experts in the field, this grant will better enable us to put our clients on the path of safety, hope, healing, justice and self-sufficiency.”

Over the course of more than two decades, The Mary Kay FoundationSM has awarded more than $78 million to women’s shelters and domestic violence service providers, as well as cancer research programs and related causes throughout the United States.


About The Mary Kay Foundation

Guided by Mary Kay Ash’s dream to enrich the lives of women everywhere, The Mary Kay FoundationSM raises and distributes funds to invest in breakthrough cancer research to find a cure for women-related cancers and ending domestic violence against women. Since 1996, The Mary Kay FoundationSM has contributed more than $80 million to organizations aligned with its two-fold mission. In addition, the Foundation supports awareness initiatives, community outreach programs, and advocates for legislation to ensure women are healthy and safe. Together, we can make the world better for women. To learn more about how to educate, advocate, volunteer and donate, and join life-saving work to support and empower women, visit marykayfoundation.org, find us on Facebook and Instagram, or follow us on Twitter.

About Denton County Friends of the Family 

Denton County Friends of the Family is a not-for-profit organization which provides compassionate, comprehensive services to those, impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with the Denton community to promote safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention. For more information, please visit dcfof.org, or for questions, please email communityrelations@dcfof.org