Saturday, January 23, 2021

Mayor Richard Bailey Joins 13 San Diego County Mayors in Writing Children’s Book to Support Local Women’s Domestic Violence Shelters

The Purple Project nonprofit organizes children’s book to fundraise

The Purple Project, a San Diego nonprofit organization that provides aid and support to  domestic violence shelters in need is excited to present a children’s book, Penny’s Adventure in San Diego. The book follows Penny the Butterfly during her visit through various cities in San Diego County as she migrates to southern Mexico to see her friends and family.

In each chapter, Penny performs acts of kindness. The fourteen San Diego County mayors who each contributed a chapter include Richard Bailey, Serge Dedina, Matt Hall, Bill Wells, Catherine Blakespear, Paul McNamara, Racquel Vasquez, Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, Peter Weiss, Steve Vaus, Rebecca Jones, Jewel Edson, Judy Ritter and Jill Galvez.

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Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey sits on the Purple Project’s board of directors. “It’s important that we come together as a community to support our domestic violence shelters in their time of need,” said Bailey, “I am proud to be a part of an organization that not only understands the importance of supporting our domestic violence shelters but takes the actions necessary to do so.”

“Proceeds from Penny’s Adventure in San Diego will be used to purchase needed items for our shelters so this is more than a story, it’s a community united to support domestic violence shelters in need,” says Jordan Conole, The Purple Project Executive Director. “I am thankful for the legislators and volunteers who have all worked together to make this project possible.”

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Domestic violence shelters often rely on grants and private donations. Lack of funding and resources results in victims being turned away from the shelters with nowhere to go.

“I’m proud to be among a group of civic leaders who have come together to support our domestic violence shelters in their time of need,” explains Deputy Mayor of the City of Chula Vista Jill Galvez.

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The book is available for pre-order at:

The Purple Project is a nonprofit organization in San Diego that provides aid and support for emergency domestic violence shelters. Domestic violence shelters often rely on grants and private donations. The Purple Project maintains an active wish list and raises money to purchase items for domestic violence shelters and victims that are in immediate need. Learn more about the Purple Project at


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.” Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: