Commencement 2019

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The silver screen helped shine a light on a serious subject Jan. 10 as VWC President Billy Greer and his wife, Fann Greer, along with Virginia Wesleyan College, hosted a viewing of the film “Blues for Willadean” to benefit local women’s empowerment and domestic violence organizations Samaritan House and the YWCA South Hampton Roads. The evening event took place at the Kaufman Theatre in Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum and included special guests Del Shores, the film’s producer and director, and actors Dale Dickey, David Steen and Debby Holiday. “Blues for Willadean” is the film adaptation of Shores' 2003 play, “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.” It tells the story of a woman trying to find her place in life while living with a physically and mentally abusive husband. Both the Samaritan House and the YWCA offer domestic and sexual violence resources, including education and training, counseling, support groups, children’s programs and more. To learn more about these organizations visit and