SARATOGA SPRINGS – A fashion show, boutique shopping, chair massages, and delicious food compliments of Longfellows Restaurant… can you think of a better way to spend a Thursday evening? More than 200 guests who attended Wellspring’s Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends fundraiser on Thursday, October 11, came to spend an enjoyable night with friends, and to support Wellspring’s vision of ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community. There were plenty of overflowing shopping bags as 21 local businesses offered items from wooly mittens to hand painted throw pillows to yoga class passes and handmade jewelry.
Wellspring Executive Director Maggie Fronk, said, “Domestic violence cuts across all demographic and income categories–it’s a serious problem, even in prosperous communities. In fact, in Saratoga County domestic violence is the #2 most prevalent violent crime and the #1 cause of family homelessness. It affects our entire community, which is why we are so grateful to all the local businesses who have donated their time, talents, and treasures to help us in our work on this important issue. I’d also like to acknowledge Cudney’s Cleaners, Donnellan + Knussman Attorneys At Law, D’Orazio Peterson LLP, E Tanny Design, John M. Silvestri, Attorney + Counselor at Law and Munter Enterprises for their sponsorship, as well as Longfellow’s for their support of the event.”
Domestic violence and sexual assault are prevalent in our community, but often hidden from view. Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends is an event that helps raise funds to increase awareness so that individuals know there is a place to get help nearby. The event raised more than $15,000 – all of which will support Wellspring’s prevention and social change programs, and crisis and support services.
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