Peace House flings the bling during annual fundraiser
What: Peace House Bling Fling
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3
Where: Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224
For the past five years, Peace House has tempted the local community with its Bling Fling event.
The event, which is a fundraiser for the nonprofit shelter and resource for domestic violence victims is set up like a mini shopping spree for gently used fashion accessories, said Pam Woll, Peace House board member and Bling Fling co-chair.
The event has grown since its “humble” beginnings in 2014 at the Newpark Hotel, said Julie Joyce, vice president of the Peace House board and another member of the Bling Fling committee.
“I have been involved with Bling Fling from the first one, and the donations have grown incredibly every year through the support from the community with the numbers of items it donates,” she said. “It also has grown in terms of people who attend.”
This year’s Bling Fling will run Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224. Friday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday hours will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5.
A preview party will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting the Peace House website. In both cases, after people pay the admission price, they will receive a large bag to shop with, Woll said.
The preview party will include appetizers prepared by Bling Fling committee members and an auction.
Auction items will include experiences like spa packages, golf at Promontory, a trip to scuba dive off southern Mexico and more.
“Of course, the idea of the Bling Fling is to sell the donated purses, jewelry and accessories,” said Woll. “Park City Community Church has donated its space. It’s a pretty big space and we have a lot of stuff that can fill that space.”
Peace House started collecting items for this year’s Bling Fling immediately after last year’s event ended, Joyce said.
“We also started holding Bling Fling (collection) parties this year in March and April,” she said. “We held them around up here and in Salt Lake and they continued through the summer.”
The items were stored and sorted at the Prospector Convention Center, Woll said.
“We are grateful that they donated the space for us to do all of that, because cleaning, sorting and pricing the items is time consuming,” she said.
Peace House recruited a team of volunteers to help with the sorting, as well as the expertise of Ron Dubberly, of Legacy Estate and Appraisal Services.“He’s very experienced and helps us determine between fine jewelry and costume jewelry,” Woll said.
The community also donated quality purses and handbags, according to Joyce.
“We have received bags from Coach and Gucci,” she said. “Some of the donations haven’t been used and still have tags on them.”
Last year’s Bling Fling brought in about $55,000, and Joyce and Woll hope this year’s total will be comparable.
“Thanks to our sponsors and in-kind donors, like Park City Community Church and Whimsy, 100 percent of that money will go to support Peace House programs,” Woll said.
Joyce enjoys working on the Bling Fling because it’s a unique and successful event.
“Peace House in one of the beloved nonprofits in the community, so to see people come out and support it is very rewarding,” she said.
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