Texas Council on Family Violence Holds Mother’s Day Award Luncheon to Honor Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and TCFV CEO Sheryl Cates

Jody Conradt, Former UT Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, is Featured Speaker


Austin, Texas- May 6, 2010– The Honoring Women in Our Lives luncheon recognizes the outstanding contributions of domestic violence advocates and raises public awareness and funding in support of the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). The honorees this year are Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sheryl Cates, the CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence, who is retiring after 26 years of helping families in crisis, the RGK Foundation and UT Law School Professor Sarah Buel, who has spent the past 32 years working with battered women, abused children, and juveniles within the legal system.

“The years I have spent trying to protect women, children and men living in abusive situations have forever changed my life,” said Sheryl Cates, TCFV CEO. “Thank you all for sharing your lives, dreams and hopes for a nonviolent future with me. It has been amazing. I am confident that because of your continued efforts, we will one day live in a world free of domestic violence.”

“This event is part of TCFV’s efforts to increase awareness in the community about domestic violence and provide a positive message about women who touch our lives and affect our character forever,” said Gloria A. Terry, TCFV President.

Jody Conradt, the retired powerhouse University of Texas at Austin women’s basketball and Hall of Fame Coach, will be the keynote speaker. Conradt is the second women ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and is the No. 2 all-time winningest coach in collegiate men or women’s basketball. KVUE anchor Terri Gruca will emcee the luncheon.


The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), formed in 1978, is one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation. TCFV promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence.