|Come to the 'Big, fat tacky wedding reception'|
|Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor|
|Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:01|
Area residents are being offered a chance to celebrate Valentine's weekend with an evening of good food and dancing for a good cause.
"My Big Fat Tacky Wedding Reception" is the attention-grabbing title of a domestic violence fundraiser planned for Feb. 16 in Bowling Green.
It will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Veteran's Building in City Park.
The event is "an opportunity for people to break out their old bridesmaid dresses and tacky suits to wear for a chance to win a trip to Florida," notes Deputy Ginnie Barta, domestic violence officer with the Wood County Sheriff's Office.
The reception will be catered by Tony Packo's, providing a full dinner including chicken paprikash and a beef entree. An open bar is included.
The band is 56 Daze, a Toledo-based group with a large area following.
There will also be a photography booth set up to record everyone in their fun finery.
The couple deemed the best-dressed will win a "honeymoon for two" in Fort Myers, Fla. The prize will include a week's occupancy in a three-bedroom vacation home with a pool and hot tub.
Tickets are $75 a person or $140 a couple. Call Kathy Newlove at 419-308-3422 for tickets. Seating is limited.
All proceeds of the evening will benefit Alicia's Voice, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping Wood County victims of domestic violence get out of their abusive relationships.
Since the inception of Alicia's Voice in 2007, "we have helped 1,400 women and their children to get out of their abusive relationships," noted Newlove, who founded the organization in memory of her daughter.
"Statistically, one out of three females will experience dating/domestic violence so this is a huge problem and Wood County is not exempt," points out Deputy Barta.
It was Barta who initially suggested the idea for Wood County's first-ever "Big Fat Tacky Wedding Reception."
She had attended a similar event in Cleveland, held as a fundraiser for a little girl battling brain cancer. It also featured music by 56 Daze.
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