Shelter fundraises for 30th anniversary

Published 10:06 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Genieve Shelter will hold a gala in Suffolk next week to celebrate 30 years of providing shelter and services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking.

The gala — called “30 Years of Serving the Many Face of Domestic Violence” — will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 E. Constance Road. Tickets are $50 per person and will be sold at the door. The dress code will be semi-formal.

According to Crisis Intervention Specialist Rebecca Gray, keynote speaker Anita Blanton of WAVY-TV 10 will deliver her speech at about 7:45 p.m.

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Hors d’oeuvres such as wings, lettuce wraps, meatballs and shrimp cocktail will be served throughout the night. The band “Sounds of Time” will provide live entertainment.

The evening’s silent auction will feature items like jewelry and art, while the live auction will include an array of catering dinner options and more. The live auction will begin at 8:15 p.m.

The Genieve Shelter’s mission is to provide a safe refuge and supportive environment for victims through information, education and training services to end cycles of violence, according to the press release. The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $30,000 to pay for the emergency shelter mortgage as well as local programs and services, according to the press release.

The organization serve the cities of Suffolk and Franklin, the counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton, and Surry and the town of Smithfield.

Contact Rebecca Gray or Marleisa Montgomery at 925-4365 for more information.