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February 7, 2012

Beacon of Hope prepares for annual jazz event



The Beacon of Hope Center for Women’s fourth annual winter fundraiser will move to The Murat Shrine Center this year. The theme for the event is “Evening of Hope & All That Jazz.”

This year’s event is from 5 to 10:30 p.m. March 3.

Beacon of Hope is a domestic violence support center serving women, children, and family pets on the Westside. It has been open and operating for two and a half years.

Executive Director Terry Moore said this year’s fundraising event will be top notch.

Swing Shift Indy, an 18-piece big band, will be performing.

“They’re a wonderful band that is back by popular demand,” Moore said. “They really keep the audience excited. And they have donated a night with their band to be auctioned off.”

The event includes both a silent and live auction. Many of the items being auctioned off include “experiences.”

“We have a lot of hotel stays, Indy car racing experience, and a professional chef,” she said. “The chef will be making a five-course dinner for six people.”

There are photo sessions, cooking lessons, and more.

The event’s media partners, Shine FM, has donated an advertising package to the highest bidder.

Mooresaid the goal is to sell 250 tickets, but they have a capacity for up to 350.

“We’ll take as many as we can get,” she said. “It’s going to be a phenomenal event.”

The dress attire for the event is described as “after five.”

One hundred percent of the funds raised will benefit Beacon of Hope, which has already been busy this year.

“Already in January we have served 45 primary victims and 85 secondary victims, which are children or other family members who witness domestic violence,” she said. “We’ve already had three cases that involved child protection services.”

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