By SHARONDA PEARSON, Fort Jackson LeaderOctober 8, 2009
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Colin Henderson regularly creates designs in his job as business manager and lead designer at Fort Jackson's Firehouse Productions.
But one of his latest designs is aimed at bringing awareness to a big problem: domestic violence.
Henderson's design was selected from 21 contest entries to be used during this month's Domestic Violence Awareness rally at Fort Jackson.
The winning logo will be displayed on T-shirts and other collectibles that will be available to the public at the Oct. 17 event.
"I feel honored that I won the contest," Henderson said.
The seven-year FMWR employee said he hopes the logo communicates the importance of domestic violence awareness.
The contest was extended to Soldiers, family members, contractors and DoD civilians to increase awareness about the event.
Each logo was judged on three main criteria: impact of the design, artistic merit and how well the logo represented the theme of the rally.
The theme of this year's rally is, "Let's Talk About It, Not Fight About It."
Henderson said he used personal experience, such as his own marriage and images of his home, to help develop the concept of the purple and white logo.
After years of marriage, he said he understands the importance of treating his spouse with both love and respect, and makes a conscious effort to walk away and calm himself during arguments with his wife.
"I would never want to let (an argument) get to the point of violence," Henderson said.
Sabrina Madden, lead victim advocate coordinator at the Family Advocacy Program, said the logo was selected because, "it best conveyed the feeling and theme of the rally."
Participants were given artistic liberty to interpret the theme, and submissions varied from photos of Soldiers and their spouses with a logo displayed in back, to colorful renditions from school-age children.
Madden also said that it is likely that the organization will continue to host the contest because of the positive response.
"The rally continues to grow each year, and we hope to keep it that way," Madden said.
Henderson will be presented with the grand prize, an iPod Touch, at the event. However, each participants will be given a token of appreciation from the Family Advocacy Program.
The logo by Colin Henderson was selected as the winning design for this year's Domestic Violence Awareness Rally.