Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Donations being sought for silent auction to combat domestic violence in the region


A silent auction will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Art Gallery to raise funds for the Ross County Coalition against Domestic Violence. This is the third annual silent auction, and all funds support the coalition’s shelter and related programs.

Donations of food, handmade items and items from area businesses are needed for the event. It is requested that items are dropped off by 8 a.m. on Oct. 29 and that photos are provided of items that need to be refrigerated. The two previous silent auctions have been very successful, raising around $1,000 annually for the shelter.

As an extra feature this year, individuals can also donate toiletries, weather gear (hats, gloves, raincoats, umbrellas) and gently used shoes and boots for use at the shelter. Any surplus items that not needed will be given to area agencies.

Those who wish to donate items or otherwise assist with event should contact OU-C Associate Dean Brenda Phillips at (740) 774-7207 or phillib5@ohio.edu.

The silent auction underscores OU-C’s commitment to the community it serves and provides an opportunity for campus and community members to support those in the area who are at risk for violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Ross County Coalition against Domestic Violence provides advocacy, crisis intervention, case management, referrals and protective order assistance. Its efforts assist women, children and men at risk for interpersonal violence.

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