Family Violence Prevention Center prepares for ‘An Uncommon Affair’

By Amanda Crowe acrowe@civitasmedia.com

April 15, 2014

XENIA — The Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County (FVPC) will once again welcome the spring season with “An Uncommon Affair” to help provide continued support, care and education to survivors of family violence.

The event will be held Friday, May 16, at Country Club of the North, 1 Club North Drive, to raise much needed funds for the center. “An Uncommon Affair” was first held in 2005, but was re-structured and returned in 2012 as an annual fundraiser.

“This county-wide event is our signature fundraiser for the year,” said Joan Dautel, FVPC Board of Trustees vice president.

FVPC is a United Way Partner Agency, a contract agency with the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Greene County and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. It is run by contributions from individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations, government agencies and local organizations.

The mission of FVPC is to reduce family and relationship violence and its impact in Greene County. The money raised by “An Uncommon Affair” will help Greene County meet the rising demands for services.

“Forty percent of families in the United States experience domestic violence, and in Greene County a woman is three times more likely to be assaulted by her partner than getting any type of cancer,” said FVPC executive director Debbie Matheson. “And it crosses all lines. It’s not just low income families or those in the lower educated demographic. We want these women to know they don’t have to stay in an unsafe environment, and they don’t have to manage or deal with abuse.”

The center has a wide range of services to help protect victims and provide the support necessary to rebuild their lives through prevention, intervention and outreach. Those services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, safe housing, children and youth services, community advocacy, counseling, education and training.

Last year’s event raised more than $40,000 for FVPC. This allowed them to provide prevention education to more than 3,500 junior and senior high school students in Greene County public schools, shelter at least 120 adults and children in their safe house, and assist roughly 4,000 individuals with information and referral services through their crisis hotline.

Seating for the 2014 “An Uncommon Affair” is limited to 200 guests, so early reservations are encouraged. The deadline to register is May 2. Cost is $75 per reservation, of which $25 is tax deductible.

The Masters of Ceremonies for the event will be Shaun Kraisman, host of WDTN’s “Living Dayton,” and Kim Faris, B94.5 afternoon drive personality. Dress will be “spring casual” attire.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, silent auction and raffles, along with the live auction preview. The hand-bell call to dinner will be at 7:15 p.m. Dinner music will be provided by Garry Finton of Fairborn. Meal options include chicken Parmesan, bœuf bourguignon, herb crusted seared salmon and penne pasta.

The live auction, by Bart Sheridan, and raffle drawings will begin at 8:50 p.m., followed by music and dancing with Rocky Weaver from Rock to Bach DJ services at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, call 937-376-8526 or visit the FVPC website at www.violencefreefutures.org.