|Dinner, auction benefits Cocoon Shelter|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:39|
GRAND RAPIDS - An Empty Place at the Table, a dinner and silent auction fundraiser to benefit The Cocoon Shelter, will be held Oct. 10 at Nazareth Hall, 21211 W. River Road.
The event, which runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., is being held in honor of the service of the late David C. Miller, who - until his death in May of this year - was editor of the Sentinel-Tribune and vice president of the Cocoon Board of Directors.
The public is invited to attend the dinner and auction. All proceeds of the evening will support victims and survivors of abuse through services provided at Cocoon.
Area businesses and individuals are also invited to donate items for the silent auction. The auction item form can be viewed on the Cocoon website, filled out and returned to: The Cocoon Shelter, P.O. Box 1165, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Cocoon, which opened its doors in 2005, provides shelter and assistance to women and their children fleeing from domestic violence.
According to board President Paul Haas, during the last year the shelter expanded services in Wood County beyond actual provision of shelter. About 90 percent of services provided to victims of abuse and their children in 2012-13 did not involve shelter. Rather, they included 24-hour advocacy, support and crisis intervention; help obtaining protection orders, crime victim compensation, medical care and meeting basic needs. The shelter staff also worked to help families develop financial literacy, economic independence, and plug in to area support groups.
Expansion of services means Cocoon staff now have access to office space in Perrysburg and North Baltimore, in addition to the Bowling Green area, so as to provide services more effectively throughout Wood County, Haas noted.
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