On the evening of December 13th, the Atrium at Leduc Civic Centre is going to be the beautiful setting for a fundraising event in support of the RiseUp House Society.
Completely organized by a group of volunteers, this is the second annual Wine & Cheese Evening and Art Auction that has been held for Riseup House and everyone is hoping it will be as big a success as the first.
"Last year we hosted 120 people and raised enough funds to keep the doors open for the rest of the year." said Event Chair Lorraine Weir of Brambles Ladies Wear. "But those funds are now exhausted and we are hoping that this year we will do just as well as last year."
RiseUp House provides professional counselling and support for women who have experienced intimate partner abuse. With no Women's Emergency Shelter in our region RiseUp House provides a key service in the Leduc area.
Amongst the many services they offer are educational presentations and seminars which can be tailored to fit into a workplace, school or conference, as well as counselling, support groups and healing retreats for victims of domestic violence.
Recognized for the valuable roll RiseUp House plays in having a healthy city, the City of Leduc honoured them with the Community Spirit Award at the 2012 Citizens of Distinction Awards.
RiseUp House is not a government run program and therefore must rely on fundraising events such as the upcoming Evening At The Atrium to continue to offer their services, which are free of charge to their clients.
To this end, the organizers of the Evening At The Atrium are still looking for businesses and individuals willing to help sponsor this event either through monetary donations or by donating items for the live and silent auctions that are taking place that night. There is also the ability for supporters to set up a monthly amount that is paid automatically, just like a bill, so that anyone who wishes to donate on a regular basis can easily do so.
And in a unique but very appropriate twist this year the volunteers had a massive stroke of luck when they managed to secure the services of a very rare type; a FEMALE auctioneer!
Aside from donations the other major thing that RiseUp House requires to make this events success is you! At only $25.00 each tickets are extremely affordable and limited in number as the atrium at Civic Centre can only hold 150 people so do not hesitate to get yours early as last year was a sold out event.
For more information or to donate to this worthy cause you can contact Lorraine Weir at Brambles Ladies Wear (780-986-0250) or Event Co-Chair David MacKenzie (780-660-5796) Or go to their website at www.riseuphouse.ca. For tickets, they can be obtained at Brambles Ladies Wear in Leduc, the Leduc Servus Credit Union or at RiseUp House.