Winter Park Taste of Spring benefits Advocates
April 16, 2009
The Advocates Victim Assistance Team announces its 17th Annual Taste of Spring.The event, the organizations largest fundraiser, was created in the early 1990s by Advocates staff and board of directors as a way to meet victim needs and expand support services. With its theme of new beginnings, spring was chosen as an appropriate time for the benefit.Not only is there a silent auction and food and beverage tasting, but a wide variety of live musical entertainment. This year acts will include Walking Jukebox Americana guitarist and singer Gary Key, Washboard Annie Oium, flute player Miguel Medina, Trish Leone and Mickey Sandora of band Third Time Lucky, Hot Sulphur Springs-based rock band Badwater, and Front Range guitarist Howard Ostrow.Silent auction items include a Glenwood Springs vacation, Colorado Rockies baseball game tickets, artwork by local artists, jewelry, and gift certificates for things such as massage services, pilates sessions, meals at area restaurants, and outdoor adventures.Tasting temptations will once again be provided by Winter Park Mountain Lodge, which will be serving fruit and international cheese trays, grilled chicken skewers, smoked salmon, and chocolates and other desserts. There will also be samplings from a variety of local and regional beer and wine distributors. Wine and beer purveyors include: Grand Lake Brewing Co., Boulder Beer Co., B&K Distributing, Winter Park Winery, and Southern Wines.The community is invited to join the festive activities and learn how to help the team battle domestic violence in Grand County.On average, Advocates Victim Assistance Team responds to almost 350 calls each year related to domestic violence. Nearly 95 percent of the calls involve Grand County residents, 65 percent involve physical abuse. The team reported victim calls were up 500 percent to 700 percent since November, 2008, which translates into about five to seven calls per day as opposed to five to seven calls per week. The number of people the organization has helped to relocate out of the county has doubled as well.Founded in the 1970s, ADVOCATES: Victim Assistance Team operates as the only community-based agency of its kind in Grand County. With minimal staff and a dedicated pool of crisis volunteers who staff a 24-hour hot line, ADVOCATES provides extensive victim support services, information, preventive education and community awareness.Services include a 24-hour crisis line, temporary safe housing, emergency cell phones, counseling, referral services to other agencies, and education. Advocates also continues research about the need and options for transitional safehousing in Grand County.Tickets are available at the local chambers of commerce, and at all Grand Mountain Banks. Funds raised at the event, through the silent auction, ticket sales and table sponsorships, will be used for victim services, community outreach, and prevention education in local schools.