Peace House will host second Peaceful Easy Evening
August 8, 2014
For nearly 20 years, Peace House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending family violence and abuse, has served Summit and Wasatch counties through education, outreach, support services and shelter.
It provides a confidential help line that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Peace House also provides services at outreach offices in Coalville, Heber City, Kamas and Park City and provides a single-point of contact for anyone seeking help with a domestic abuse situation and is funded through grants and private donations.
Last year, 110 adults and their children stayed at the Peace House shelter for an approximate and collective total of 2,800 nights, according to Executive Director Jane Patten.
"We also had more than 200 family members, adults and children, who are part of our outreach program, who need our help, even though they don’t need shelter," she told The Park Record.
To ensure these ongoing services, Peace House is hosting its annual summer gala, Peaceful Easy Evening, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Louland Falls in Parley’s Canyon at 6:30 p.m.
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Tickets are $200 per person and tables for 10 are available for $2,000. Tickets, which go quickly, can be purchased by calling 435-658-4739 or visiting http://www.peacehouse.org .
This is the second annual Peaceful Easy Evening, Patten said.
"Last year’s event was so successful and many people told us that it was one of the most enjoyable events they have ever attended," she said. "So we decided to do it again."
The keynote speaker will be celebrity nutritionist. trainer and lifestyle coach Angela Martindale.
Martindale, owner of Meals That Transform that introduces healthy nutrition to people, is a domestic violence survivor who will talk about her flight to safety, Patten said.
"Her story is quite powerful and also very inspiring," Patten said. "I met her a couple of years ago and told her about Peace House. She said if we wanted her to share her story, to just ask.
"She told me that what Peace House does is so important and how much it touches so many people in our community," Patten said. "She said she was able to transform her life out of the domestic violence situation, but also said it was hard work and she wishes she had Peace House back then to help her. So I think people will connect with her story."
This rest of the evening, which will include appetizers and a gourmet buffet, is based on last year’s program, but with added improvements, Patten explained.
"Like before, we’ll have a wine tasting with Kirsten Fox and the Fox School of Wine, which is one of the sponsors of the event, but there will be a little twist in the tasting," Patten said. "I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I will say that we had a discussion with Kirsten and she said it will be as interesting as last year, but there will be an added element to it."
The night will now include a limited silent auction.
"We decided to have a small auction that will have a wide variety of select items," Patten said. "Most of these items are unique."
Matindale is donating two weeks of healthy, custom-prepared meals, and two personal transformational coaching sessions, and jeweler Ashley Stoddard Bennett has made charms of the Peace House logo with the word ‘Empower’ on the back.
"Ashley is also combining one of those charms and another with a painting she has done for the auction," Patten said. "She works with another artist, Dennis King, and he has donated one of his paintings, also."
The auction will also feature a necklace by local jeweler Alix Railton, and a three-night stay at the Fairmont in Sonoma, California, that will include a spa treatment and wine tastings.
Music during the event will be provided by Jeff Proctor and John Sanders, which will be highlighted by the Louland Falls scenery.
"The beautiful venue, with its backdrop of red rock spires at the foot of a cascading waterfall in Parley’s Canyon, is the inspiration of the theme for the fundraiser," Patten said.
Thanks to the event’s sponsors, 100 percent of the money raised through ticket sales and the silent auction will be given to the Peace House shelter.
Sponsors include Francine Mortensen, the Fox School of Wine, Jeff Proctor, Louland Falls and an anonymous donor.
"It’s so wonderful to say that they believe in the event and that they want people who have a positive evening," Patten said. "We’ve actually had people who attended one of our events call us down the line and tell us they are ready to get out of their own domestic violence situations."
Peace House will host its second annual Peaceful Easy Evening at Louland Falls in Parley’s Canyon on Tuesday, Aug. 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $200 per person and $2,000 for a table of 10 and are available now by calling 435-658-4739 or visiting http://www.peacehouse.org .