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Tickets go on sale this week for the Wesley Shelter’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
The annual “In it to Win It” event will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Pup’s Steakhouse. Tickets are $50 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a chance to win various prizes including a trip for two to New York City or $1,500 in travel to the destination of the winner’s choice. Participants have to be present to win, and the drawing will happen at 9:30 p.m.
“We are celebrating 37 years of service to the community,” said Lynne White, the Wesley Shelter’s executive director.
“This fundraiser helps us increase our awareness in the community and lets people know what we can do for victims of domestic and sexual violence and homeless women and children.”
White said the Wesley Shelter, a United Way agency, aims not only to help victims become survivors, but also thrivers.
The event will also feature music by the North Tower band.
Other big prizes include jewelry from Vaughan’s Jewelers and a package called “Wilson’s Treasures” that will feature a variety of locally made items.
The silent auction will also be back this year as well. Bridgestone is again the leading sponsor of “In It to Win It.”
“Each year it’s a lot of success and a lot of fun,” White said.
White said the dollars raised through this fundraiser are unrestricted, meaning they can be used for unexpected expenses. Expenses from last year include a new heating unit recently installed at the organization’s headquarters on Vance Street as well as additional safety features at the office and the safe house.
White said this year, the Wesley Shelter will focus on various projects including training the staff to be trauma-informed.
The Wesley Shelter recently hired a new associate executive director, Cherie Lindsay-Chapman. She has more than 20 years of human services experience from Washington, D.C. She has worked in various areas including trauma, victimizations and resources, including housing.
Lindsay-Chapman will be taking the lead on the trauma training for staff and also the development of and incorporating the Lethality Assessment Program known as LAP. The evidence-based strategy is to prevent domestic violence deaths and serious injuries by working for with local law enforcement.
Contact the Wesley Shelter at 252-291-2344 or visit 106 E. Vance St for tickets or sponsorship opportunities.