Bling Fling fundraiser debut will benefit Peace House
Ryan Summerlin May 13, 2014
Back in 2004, Peace House, a nonprofit organization, was established with the goal of stopping family violence and abuse in Summit and Wasatch counties.
It has provided shelter and been a resource to women, children and men who have experienced these dire situations.
Throughout the years, Peace House has hosted and has been the recipient of an array of fundraisers, including luncheons, sponsored walks and concerts.
On Saturday, May 17, Peace House will host its first Bling Fling fundraiser at the Newpark Resort Hotel and Conference Center at Kimball Junction.
The event, which will be like a jewelry yard sale, will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person. All proceeds from sales and admission will benefit Peace House, said executive director Jane Patten.
"It’s going to be so much fun," Patten told The Park Record. "We have beautiful pieces of jewelry and funky pieces of jewelry. So there will be something for everyone."
In addition, the Bling Fling will include scarves, belt and purses.
"It will be all about the accessories," Patten said. "The prices will be good and I think it will be an interesting day."
Summit and Wasatch county residents have donated the items.
"We have been collecting used items because we know people have things they love, but haven’t worn for a while," Patten said. "Or maybe they have things that remind them of a failed relationship or the colors aren’t as special any more. So we told the donors that we could find new homes for these items."
The only things the Peace House aren’t accepting for the event are shoes or clothing.
"We are still collecting donations, so people can drop them off at our office," Patten said. "Someone is always here between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. And we’ll give them a donation slip."
Donors can also schedule a drop-off by calling 435-658-4739 ex. 104.
The idea for the Bling Fling bloomed a few months ago, according to Patten.
"We wanted to come up with an interesting concept for a fundraiser that no one else is doing," she explained. "We were approached by Ron Dubberly, who is with Legacy Estate Sale and Appraisal Services, approached us and wanted to help us."
Dubberly suggested Peace House host a garage sale or a yard sale, but storing the items before the sale was an issue, Patten said.
"Then he said, ‘Why don’t you try a jewelry sale, because it’s bearable and you don’t have to store away big pieces of furniture?’" Patten explained. "That seemed perfect, so we decided to give it a shot."
A committee discussed the location and knew it needed to find a place that was centralized, nice and pleasant.
"The Newpark Resort Hotel, who is one of the sponsors, invited us to hold the Bling Fling at the convention center," Patten said. "We were happy about that because we had discussed how we were going to show the displays, so people would be able to try on the scarves and examine the jewelry."
One of the things that this fundraiser won’t include is food.
"We aren’t serving anything like that, because there are plenty of places around the hotel to pick up a bite to eat," Patten said. "But we do have thousands of pieces of jewelry and we needed to make sure people could find things they were interested in within a fun environment."
Volunteers will help the event run smoothly, Patten said.
"We still need some more volunteers to help with the check in and check out," she said. "They can call us and we can put them in touch with our volunteer coordinator."
Patten said if this year’s Bling Fling goes as planned, Peace House will do another.
"I am amazed at some of the things we have already received," she said. "Park City is filled with generous people who really want to help. We’re hoping for the best and working hard to make it so."
The Peace House will host its first Bling Fling fundraiser at the Newpark Resort Hotel and Conference Center,1476 Newpark Blvd., at Kimball Junction, on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will feature an array of gently-used jewelry, watches, handbags, scarves, belts and other women’s accessories to benefit Peace House. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.peacehouse.org/peace/updates/bling_fling .