Raw Beauty, an initiative of the Atikal Foundation, celebrates survivorship and empowers survivors to share their personal testimonies. Every year, we invite a group of survivors to receive the Raw Beauty experience – where survivors can help heal their pasts; and find strength for their future.
Our Success for Survivors Entrepreneurs (S4SE) scholarship award, valued at $5,000, is awarded to a candidate that best exhibits the potential for organizational growth and demonstrates the need for entrepreneurial training to reach the next level of success. This year’s scholarship award, sponsored by Southern Management, supports the winner in the areas of Business Coaching, Business Development, Branding, and Financial Planning.
The Atikal Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping survivors of cancer and domestic abuse reclaim their personal power through entrepreneurship and civic engagement.
[ January 2010 ] . . . I saw the back of a woman looking over her left shoulder in a comfortably seated position. Her mid to upper back was bare and a garment draped her lower back and right side. The background was soft, serene, and peaceful as a warm lighting effect was directed on her back and face, almost creating a silhouette. Then there was a scripture beautifully written on her back. Amazing!
The bare back represents strength, courage, endurance, perseverance, love, purity and power. The scripture represents God’s promise. The love of God through the promise of His Word empowers us to Survive. “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.” (Psalm 118:17).
Survivors, I am confident that because of your willingness to share your testimony in this calendar, many lives will be changed. Because of you, my heart’s desire – for the people of God to be free from fear, have the peace of God, and live in purpose – will be fulfilled. Dream Team, You rock! To have a heart to love, serve, and share your time, talent and resources is truly commendable. I thank God for you and your willingness to bless this vision.
As you all have given of yourselves freely, I pray that the blessings of God overflow in your life.
President & Founder
The start of Raw Beauty… Ms. Williams’ vision board created in early 2010.
The Raw Beauty Fashion Experience is a life-affirming event, admiring the beauty and passion inside and out of survivors of cancer and domestic violence; and provide an understanding of the fact that their healing can be a shared act through love, faith, laughter, and artistic expression.
The event will feature models who have volunteered to “go bald” as a gesture of homage to those who cancer has struck. “The inspiration for this remarkable show of solidarity with cancer victims was the selfless act of NBA basketball player Jason Maxiell who, in a moving public display of love, shaved his head completely to demonstrate support for his wife in her battle with cancer,” said Kita Williams, founder and director of Atikal Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization sponsoring the event.
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