Fundraiser May 18



From Ladies Night to Family Fun Day to Oldies but Goodies, the names may change the goal does not.

The Gulf County and Mexico Beach Domestic Violence Task Force will hods it major fundraiser of the year May 18 at El Governor Motel.

The fun will go from 5-9 p.m. CT and cost of entry is $10.

Pam Martin, executive director of the Gulf County and Mexico Beach Domestic Violence Task Force, noted that Ladies Night became a tad outdated simply because domestic violence is not strictly about ladies.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 a more friendly affair, which resulted last year in the most prosperous event the Task Force has enjoyed.

There will be plenty of food, music from “Rockin’ Randall” and Jerry Arhelger, raffles and a silent auction.

Neysa Wilkins from Channel 7 in Panama City will emcees a “thrift store fashion show” and will also be singing.

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

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 Martin at 229-2901.