Peace House ready for a Bling Fling
November 6, 2015
Peace House wants to "break the cycle of domestic violence one bling at a time," according to volunteer Kappie Bliss.
That’s why the nonprofit, which has been dedicated to sheltering, educating and supporting victims of domestic abuse in Northern Utah since 1995, will present the third annual Bling Fling at Park City Community Church on Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14.
The event is one of Peace House’s major fundraisers, Bliss told The Park Record.
"Last year’s we raised around $30,000," Bliss said. "Needless to say, we would like to raise much more than that."
The money raised goes into Peace House’s awareness and preventions programs, said Ann Johnson, who overseas communications and development for Peace House.
"Peace House sheltered nearly 120 adults and children who were victims of domestic violence in 2014," Johnson said in an interview earlier this year. "We also reached nearly 300 people in our outreach programs, including support groups, references, clinical support and planning."
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In addition, Peace House brought prevention education to nearly 7,000 students during the last school year within Summit and Wasatch counties, Johnson said.
Shoppers who attend this year’s Bling Fling will get to choose from a wide variety of jewelry, accessories, scarves and purses, Bliss said.
"We have everything from fine jewelry to costume jewelry that are priced in the hundreds of dollars to our special bargain section that is $2 and everything in between," she said.
This year, the event will feature a large collection of sterling silver jewelry.
"Some of it has stones, some of it is just the silver," Bliss said. "We also have earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and some other exceptional pieces."
Then there’s the assortment of purses and handbags.
"Again we have everything from designer handbags to bargain handbags," Bliss said. "There are many scarves as well. So, we think people will be able to find some wonderful gifts or something for themselves."
The public has donated items for the Bling Fling over the past year but has really poured it on since August, Bliss said.
Collection bins were placed all around the area including Whole Foods, Right at Home, Hugo Coffee, Park Meadows Country Club, Freedom Chiropractic, Spectrum Salon and Park City Community Church.
"We have some wonderful business partners," Bliss said. "The community is so supportive of Peace House and Bling Fling in particular and everyone has been absolutely fantastic.
"Not only did we have bins in at these organizations, we also had businesses host ‘Bling It On’ parties, like at Freedom Chiropractic," she said. "They would invite their clients to bring in their donations and enjoy some discounts on services and some hors d’oeuvres."
Bliss and her crew of volunteers have collected jewelry, scarves, accessories and purses to get ready for the event.
"These pieces need to be looked at carefully to determine which pile they need to be sorted to," Bliss said. "We have 20 volunteers who have been working weekly on this since August."
Bliss wanted to thank one of Bling Fling’s sponsors, in particular the Prospector Conference Center.
"They provided us a space where we could store, sort and mark all of the donations," Bliss said. "Last year, we did the sorting in a garage. It was a nice garage, and we were very appreciative of the garage that had no heat."
In addition to the Prospector, Bliss is also thankful for Park City Community Church for hosting this year’s event.
"Bling Fling has grown so much that it had to move from the Newpark Hotel, where we held it from the beginning," she said. "Newpark Hotel has been so generous in providing us the space, but it became clear last year that we needed to expand the sale.
"I think we have a significant increase, about one quarter more of items this year, and Park City Community Church has so generously donated their space to us," Bliss said.
Because of the expanded space, the items will be spread out more, which, Bliss hopes, will improve the shopping experience.
"The amount of items can become pretty overwhelming when everything, meaning this large amount of merchandise, is set up in a small space," she said. "We have gotten pretty creative with displays this year. So, we hope people will enjoy it more."
Bliss said the Bling Fling would be nothing without the help of local residents.
"We live in such a generous community and I am moved by people’s dedication to Peace House in wanting to help women, children and men who are faced with situations relating to domestic violence," she said. "These donations will help us serve this part of or population.
"The great thing is 98 percent of the money raised will go directly to helping these people because we put the Bling Fling on with a shoestring budget," Bliss said. "We want people to know that when they come to the sale and purchase items, they are helping us break the cycle of domestic violence."
Peace House’s Bling Fling will be Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14, at Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224. Friday’s hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday’s hours will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information about Bling Fling and if you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact Ann Johnson at (435) 658-4739, ext. 104.