Ladies night has segued into family day and all the better for domestic violence awareness.



Ladies night has segued into family day and all the better for domestic violence awareness.

After a change of format proved so nice, the folks at the Gulf County and Mexico Beach Domestic Violence Task Force figured why not twice for its annual fundraiser.

The task force will hold its major fundraising event of the year 5-9 p.m. CT Friday, May 19 at the El Governor Motel.

The theme copies from last year after a series of various “ladies night” events in prior years.

For, as Pam Martin, executive director of the Gulf County and Mexico Beach Domestic Violence Task Force, domestic violence is not strictly about ladies.

“Domestic violence knows no boundaries,” Martin said. “Not age, not gender, not race, not social status; domestic violence has no boundaries.

“And it remains as prevelant, if not more prevalent, as ever.”

So the event is now tailored to the entire family and last year paid off handsomely with the greatest turnout in proceeds of any previous annual fundraiser.

There will be plenty of food, music from “Rockin’ Randall” and Jerry Arhelger, a thrift store for shopping, a fashion show and a silent auction as well as raffles.

Raffle items include a $375 hand-turned wooden bowl by Mexico Beach artist Bobby Pollock, $250 in cash and $125 worth of gift certificates to local restaurants.

“We just want families to come and have a fun get-together,” said Martin.

Tickets for the dinner are a $10 donation and all proceeds fund the work of the Domestic Violence Task Force.

Raffle tickets are $5 apiece.

The mission of the task force is to encourage and support the involvement of local community agencies and concerned citizens to work together to put an end to domestic violence in Gulf County and Mexico Beach.

The annual event is aimed at raising proceeds to fund education and victim services provided by the task force.

Those services and programs run the gamut.

In the schools, for example, the task force provides programs in the elementary, middle and high schools concerning bullying and dating violence.

Victim services can include financial help, assistance getting placement in a shelter operated by the Salvation Army and, if nothing else, a shoulder to rely on while navigating the legal system to secure protective orders and injunctions.

“The officers of the task force, we have all had extensive training and can guide them through the process,” Martin said.

Donations of both money and items for the silent auction during the event are still being sought.

There are also sponsorship opportunities for a portion of the event or food.

“We need everybody’s help if we are going to make this event successful,” Martin said. “We’d like everybody to come out and enjoy themselves.”

To donate or for more information contact Carol Dow at 227-6831 or Martin at 229-2901.