While domestic violence is a serious issue, the Harmony House is hoping a tropical themed bash will raise more awareness and money for the organization.
The group is holding it’s 7th annual Flamingos in Paradise Saturday at the Highlands Country Club. All the proceeds stay local to help battered and abused women in our community.
“It goes into the general operational budget to provide services to our clients,” explained Harmony House Executive Director, Michele Bedingfield. “From relocation costs, transportation, medical, and legal fees, to any financial needs that have to be met in order for these women to leave abusive homes and relationships.”
Bedingfield said this also means removing financial barriers, like finding a place for a victim to board their animals when they leave, or helping to fill prescriptions and order new documents that may have been left behind.
The fundraiser also helps generate more money from outside sources through out the year.
“This is a major fundraising event. When we apply for grants, they [grantees] need to know that we are supported by our community. The event shows them that and helps us get other grants,”Bedingfield explained.
Bedingfield said they usually raise between $20,000-$25,000 from Flamingos in Paradise. This year the group is raffling off a $5,000 dollar prize and holding a fish bowl raffle for items like a Kate Spade or Lilly Pulitzer purse, and two tickets to the Rascal Flats concert in Atlanta on September 11th.
The event is also a way for the Harmony House, a United Way agency, to show it’s appreciation to the community and it’s board of directors.
“Every year they improve the event,” said Bedingfield. ” They work very hard and I’m proud to work alongside them. Domestic violence is a serious issue we deal with and it’s good to also say thank you to our supporters.”
Flamingos in Paradise will feature food, dancing, entertainment, and more. Tickets are $100 dollars and are limited. For more information contact the Harmony House at 706-882-4173.