May 6, 2016, in Burke County, Morganton, North Carolina, will officially start its benefit to help domestic and sexual assault victims with an event that consists of chocolate, music, and dance. The fun and festivities will be held from 7:00-10:00 p.m. EST, at 306 W. McDowell Street. The county has held this event for nine years now and aids an advocacy center for domestic violence and its shelter for victims of sexual assault and rape. The center also offers financial, emotional, and educational resources for shelter residents, as well as any victim.
This is also an excellent opportunity for the local shops to advertise. According to Kristy Graf, the executive director, businesses, such as Fonta Flora Brewery, Catawba Brewing Co., and others are participating in the benefit. “A Night at the House of Blues,” will be this year’s theme and all guests are encouraged to dress accordingly.
Graf says that every year they come up with new and exciting ideas to show off the talents of the community. Who the Fox Hat, Centerpiece Jazz, and The Alligators, are just a few of the local bands scheduled to appear. The “Art of Chocolate” event for domestic violence victims will also feature a silent auction with the local performers. The nearby high schools will participate, and Graf said,
I think that it’s important that it’s teaching them to give back to their community, and give their time and effort.
The event brings the community together to learn about the organization and educate them on domestic violence awareness. This year marks the ninth year for this event. It is a good opportunity for everyone to have a little fun and help stop domestic violence in their town.
By Katherine Miller
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The News Herald: Event to benefit local domestic violence victims
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