It provides shelter for victims, outreach for people who want to help and education in the area school districts.
Peace House provides prevention education outreach for more than 5,000 students in Summit and Wasatch Counties.
"Those are important because these programs are used to stop generational domestic violence and child abuse, because if it's not stopped, a child will think the abuse is normal," said Jane Patten, executive director of Peace House. "That's why events such as Peaceful, Easy Evening are important for us."
In order to continue these services, Peace House will host a fundraiser benefit at Louland Falls on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
The event, dubbed the Peaceful, Easy Evening, will feature wine tastings by the Fox School of Wine, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live music, awards and honors and a keynote speech by Elizabeth Smart Gilmour.
"Our idea was to provide an event that was something different than the usual gala and silent auction," Patten told The Park Record. "Since we, as an organization, are moving more towards awareness- and mission-based events, we decided to raise money in a way that gets the word out into the community what we're all about."
So, Patten and her staff decided to use the evening to honor those who have supported Peace House over the years.
The first person is Park City Mayor Dana Williams.
"From the time he first began his run as mayor of Park City, he has always talked about how important Peace House was to the area and how important it was for the community to support an organization like ours," Patten said. "We felt, as he finishes up his last term of office, which breaks our heart, that it was important to acknowledge the good that he has done for all nonprofits, especially Peace House."
The other important individual is Keller Williams' real estate agent Sandra Vogt, chairwoman of the Luxury Home Tour, which takes place today, Aug. 10, at Deer Crest.
"We wanted to acknowledge the fact that Sandra has done so much more in our community and in her life before she came to Park City as far as nonprofit organizations go," Patten said. "She's headed up huge fundraising events in other parts of the country and headed up Keller Williams' Red Day, which was a day of volunteering.
"Even though she had been honored earlier as Realtor of the Year, we wanted to acknowledge her for what she has done for Peace House," Patten said. "She does these things because she believes in the value of the Park City Board of Realtors' role of giving something back to the community."
The Luxury Home Tour has benefited Peace House for a number of years, Patten said.
"Peace House cannot survive without the community support and the support of other nonprofit organizations and Sandra personifies that," she said.
Patten said having Elizabeth Smart Gilmour speak at Peaceful, Easy Evening means a lot to the Peace House.
Gilmour, who was abducted from her home when she was 14 in 2002, and found alive nine-months later, is an amazing young woman, Patten said.
"She has her own foundation, Elizabeth Smart Foundation, and her mission dovetails into what we're trying to do," she said. "Our theme for the night is ending victimization and abuse, and how we can help victims begin their healing process."
Patten said Louland Falls is the perfect setting for the fundraiser.
"There is a red-rock staircase that leads up to a 65-foot waterfall," she said. "We'll have wine tasting and appetizers throughout the garden and then enjoy a gourmet dinner."
Jen Hardman will emcee the night and guitarist Jeff Proctor will provide live music throughout the night.
"I would like to thank Francie Mortenson, who gave Peace House the seed money for this event," Patten said. "Her donation makes it possible for 100 percent of Peaceful Easy Evening proceeds to benefit Peace House."
In 2012, we had more than 140 women and children stay at our shelter for more than 3,000 nights of service, which was more than double the number in 2011, Patten said.
"The reality is the average stay is more than 30 days, and sometimes a family will stay longer than that as they try to get back onto their feet and become self-efficient," she said. "Also, we just don't serve people at our shelter, but also community members with our outreach programs."
Peace House helped more than 330 people through the outreach programs.
"Some of them were people who needed help with obtaining a protective order and people who needed immediate services but not our shelter," Patten said. "Some were also family members who called and said they were concerned about their siblings and wanted some information to help."
The Peace House will host a 'Peaceful, Easy Evening' benefit at Louland Falls, located off exit 131 on Interstate 80, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $200 per person and are available at www.peacehouse.org or by calling (435) 658-4739. All proceeds will benefit Peace House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping domestic violence in Summit and Wasatch counties.