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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Supporters of The Advocates hope that there will be ribbons flying from every branch of every tree in Ketchum’s Memory Park this month.

The nonprofit, which addresses domestic and sexual violence, is transforming its annual Black and White Soiree fundraiser into Color Our World, an installation of color, light and hope.

Every donation made to the organization during the first three weeks of June will be represented by a ribbon hung on a tree. A donation of $100, for instance, will be represented by a purple ribbon. Other dollar amounts up to $10,000 will be represented by other colors

Advocates volunteers and staff will begin tying the ribbon on the trees on June 19, finishing the ribbon tying on Friday, June 26, which would have been the date of the Soiree if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Ribbons will be removed on June 27.

“These ribbons of hope unite our community in the common goal to eradicate domestic violence and abuse and empower all individuals to pursue peace, dignity, health, happiness and freedom,” said Shannon Nichols, director of development and engagement.

“It’s meant to be colorful and joyful, and we wanted our survivors to see how much the community supports them. We would love it if everyone can do something to make the park pop”

One of the upshots of this fundraiser is that everyone can contribute, not just those who attend the gala dinner and auction held under at tent at Trail Creek Cabin. In addition, the price of Golden Raffle tickets has been reduced from $100 to $25 to enable more people to participate.

Prizes include a season ski pass provided by Sun Valley Resort, along with a parking pass at “Park Place” at River Run.

There’s a package to Jackson Hole that includes a stay at Hotel Terra, half-day river trip and three-course dinner for two at the Amangani Grill. There’s a package vacation at Paradise Village Resort in Nuevo Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. And there’s a brewing session and party at Warfield Distillery. Winners will be drawn on June 26.

To make a donation or buy raffle tickets, visit www.theadvocatesorg.org/ or call Nicole at 208-788-4191.

Typically, The Black and White Soiree raises $360,000. Since there is no overhead this year, The Advocates hope to raise $150,000 from donations provided for ribbons.

Several donors have agreed to match every donation up to $75,000. They are Barbara Boswell, Krista and Ross Copperman, Rebecca and Jonathan Neeley, Lisa Stelck and Bill Boeger, Linda and Bob Edwards and an anonymous donor.

Money raised will be used for The Advocates’ 24-hour crisis service, shelter and transitional housing. The Advocates saw the need for services skyrocket during the early stages of the pandemic.

 The Advocates fielded 1,680 client calls in March, compared with 584 in March 2019. Staff memberss fielded 480 calls in April, compared with 395 in April 2019.

In May, as people began returning to work, there was an uptick in calls from clients who didn’t feel safe calling earlier while their partners were at home.

“We are very proud of the fact that we haven’t turned anyone away, even if it meant renting a hotel room for a family so they could social distance during the pandemic,” said Nichols. “We were fortunate in that Dr. (Tom) Archie is our board president and he was able to make sure we were following proper safety protocols, including making sure we had at least one isolation unit in the shelter in case a client needed to self-isolate.”

Fortunately, Nichols said the Advocates hope to finish a third building of transitional housing apartments in August. When done they will have 24 housing units for clients to live in as they seek their own housing.

According to The Advocates, one in three women, one in four men and one in five children experience violence in their lifetime. The Advocates provided protection and shelter for nearly 900 people and pets whose life were upended by physical or emotional violence in 2019.

Nichols said a lot of the clients that sought help during May are new to The Advocates.

“Any time there’s a major downturn in the economy or a crisis like 9/11, people focus on hunkering down. Then, when things start to stabilize, they take steps toward safety.”

Event sponsors include Archieve Finishing, LLC., St. Luke’s Wood River, Blaine County Title, First Lite, Inner Health MD, KMV Builders, Lloyd Construction, Inc., The Nichols Group, Dr. Hillary Whipple DMD, Willow Papery & The Copy Center and DPPM Property Management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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