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‘Celebrate Healthy Relationships’ with DOVES
January 29, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Make Saturday, Feb. 13 a date night with your Valentine. The DOVES Program is celebrating healthy relationships with an evening of fun at the Gering Civic Center. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served from 7 – 8 p.m., followed by a Dueling Pianos Show from 8 – 10 p.m. The evening concludes with dancing from 10 p.m. to midnight.

For the past 37 years, DOVES has provided support and services to victims of domestic violence in and around Scotts Bluff County. The program now serves nine counties in western Nebraska, helping families who were seeking assistance, services, advocacy, or education through the center.

DOVES expanded their services last year through a new training programs for volunteer advocates, DOVES Ambassadors, a Parents-to-Parents support group, and volunteers to speak as part of a newly formed Survivors’ Voices Speakers Bureau.

With the help of grant funding from the United Way of Western Nebraska and Soroptimist International of Scotts Bluff County, the DOVES Program was able to help victims of domestic violence with retainer fees for special attorney services, such as divorce and child custody cases.

DOVES Executive Director Hilary Wasserburger said this is the second year the agency has hosted the fundraising event. “This is an opportunity for us to showcase healthy relationships,” she said. “People know we help in the area of domestic violence, but we also want them to know how important healthy relationships are to any community. Plus this can be a great date night on a special day.”

She said the first fundraiser went really well, as they had a great turnout. After positive feedback from attendees, they decided to bring the entertainment back for a second year.

“We’re hoping to sell out the 250 tickets that are available,” Wasserburger said, “but they have to be ordered by Feb. 8.”

Tickets are $50 a person and can be picked up at the DOVES offices at 2035 10th Street in Gering, at the JG Elliott Insurance Center in Scottsbluff, at Fresh Foods in Gering, at the Panhandle Mental Health Center in Sidney, and at the Chamber of Commerce or DOVES offices in Chadron. Tickets can also be ordered at dovesprogram.com.

“In addition to the dueling piano show and dinner, we’ll have photographer Kenzy Feltes of Faces ‘n Places Images there to take pictures free of charge,” she said. ‘We’re requesting cocktail attire because we want people to feel this is an opportunity to get dressed up for a special night out.”

The night’s events include a champagne flute raffle for jewelry donated by Fred Reichert Jewelers.

Table sponsorships are available by calling the DOVES Program at 308-436-2787.

“We want people to come and have fun,” Wasserburger said. “The work we do is really important in the community, so we’re hoping people know it’s a great cause to support. It’s not about us in particular; it’s about Celebrating Healthy Relationships.”
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