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SAN ANGELO–After 25 years of being known as Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center, at Thursday evening's 25th anniversary gala event, a complete makeover transition took place as the Executive Director, Karla Payne, unveiled its' new name and logo.

CVRCC, previously known as Assault Victims Services in 1991, later became Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center.  

For Payne, she has been there every step of the way; first as an volunteer, then education coordinator, to being named as its' executive director in 1995.

Karla was asked when did the nonprofit decide to change the name and logo and why?
"Last year in September we added Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) plus Services because we realized there weren't a lot of resources within the community for that population," said Payne. "And so we wanted a name that would encompass our rape crisis services and the LGBT +Services."

Payne stated that the + was added due to more identities and orientations that people have or identify with.

The gala event held at the Cactus Hotel Ballroom, 36 E. Twohig had 50 attendees who heard Payne speak about the early years of CVRCC's history and its' accomplishments. 


With this year's Art for Hope anniversary gala being one of CVRCC's major fundraisers, Payne was hoping to break last year's amount of $12,000. 

A total of 11 pieces by 11 artists were to be auctioned off with Mike Smith as the auctioner. The first one, Lea Cleveland's "Fluff 'n Stuff" a 22" x 26" framed painting was bought by John Caldwell for $275.00.

Other paintings by artists included: Susan Self's "Bird in My Heart," "Owl Watch Over You," by Angela Friend, Jui Hall's "Flower," Carol Holbert's "Luke," Oscar Latham's "Flower;" J. Vincent Scarpace had four paintings: "Chinese Lion Fish," "Finga Fish, One," "Intuition, One," and "Pinball Trio," and Wendy Barrera's "Landscape." 

The evening meal was catered by McGowen's, while entertainment provided by Manny Campos.