Friday, January 17, 2014

Art With Heart Feb. 1

In anticipation of the 14th annual Art With Heart fundraiser for the nonprofit Safe Alliance on Feb. 1 at Founders Hall, I recently toured Safe Alliance’s new 40,000-square-foot Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter (the old shelter was only 7,000-square-feet).

The shelter just marked its first year of housing women and children who are fleeing life-threatening situations. I was in awe of the facility and how every detail was thought out on how to best serve the residents who stay there for an average of three months as Safe Alliance’s staff, community partners and volunteers help them heal and build new lives.

I asked president Phil Kline how the average person can best help. He said there’s a constant need for diapers along with linens for the bed and bath. But cash is at the top of the list because the shelter is already operating at capacity.

Art with Heart is one of its main fundraisers, so buying a ticket is a great way to help out while also experiencing a wonderful evening filled with art auctions, hors d’oeuvres and mingling with Charlotte leaders.

Emcees Ramona Holloway and Colleen Odegaard will be back in action again this year

along with event co-chairs Hillary Lacouture and Katherine Daly.

Tickets are $100; $200 for patrons. Details:

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