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Home Tour auction to benefit Peace House

The Park City Board of Realtor’s Luxury Home Tour auction isn’t an event where people can place bids on luxury homes.

It’s a garden party that will be held June 28 at La Caille Restaurant in Sandy and will feature dinner, cocktails and live music, said Sandra Vogt, chairwoman of the gala. There will be an auction though, but of donated items, not houses.

The money raised will benefit the Peace House, a nonprofit organization established to prevent domestic violence in Summit and Wasatch counties.

"The silent auction will feature artwork, dining gift certificates, spa services, clothing, outdoor gear and resort lift tickets and much more," Vogt told The Park Record. "The live auction on the other hand will feature a luxury cooking class at Roth Concept Center, a VIP ticket package to the St. Regis Big Stars Bright Nights concert series, heliskiing at Canyons or Snowbird, coaching and nutrition sessions by celebrity trainer Angela Martindale, dinner for 10 at La Caille, a private concert by Mary Beth Maziarz and a Napa Valley getaway. These are just some of the things that many businesses have donated to us for the event."

The auction and dinner is a prelude to the Park City Luxury Home Tour that will take place on Aug. 11.

"The tour itself has also grown from being just a Deer Valley home tour to being a tour of other areas of Park City, including the Colony at Canyons Resort," Vogt said. "The Colony decided to be a major sponsor for the home tour, so every other year, we’ll do the tour at the Colony and the other years we’ll do it in other places around town."

Peace House executive director Jane Patten said she appreciates what the Board of Realtors Philanthropic Foundation has done over the past 15 years for her organization.

"Originally, they just did a home tour as a fundraiser for the YWCA in Salt Lake," Patten said. "Once the Peace House was established in Summit County as a domestic violence shelter and organization, the foundation began supporting us and started putting on an auction."

Patten said she is amazed at all the work the foundation puts into these events.

"The people who are involved in this are such hard workers and put so much time and energy into it," she said. "What’s more is they do it for all the right reasons. They care about Peace House and the people we help. It has a big affect on Peace House and what we’re capable of doing in regards to our mission, which is to end domestic violence through education, empowerment and support."

While many people think Peace House is just a domestic violence shelter, it is so much more, Patten said.

"We do have an emergency shelter, but we also have outreach programs in the community, so people can understand that we’re here to help," she explained. "Domestic abuse occurs in all sociology-economic levels and our goal is to help families who are experiencing violence before the situation becomes a crisis. We want them to see that they have the opportunity to look at various choices.

"Not everyone needs or wants to go to a shelter, but they may need to find resources that will help them determining if they are in a violent relationship and how to make that relationship healthy," Patten said. "It makes such a difference when someone can make choices and changes when they are not in a crisis situation."

The Peace House also provides education programs that focus on prevention.

"Our best hope is to make changes with the children," Patten said. "If children are experiencing domestic violence within their families, it becomes normal to them and they may become a victim themselves or they may think the way to deal with families is through abuse.

"If we are able to educate the children at a young age, there is a much better hope of ending the violence on the other end," she said.

When people attend the June 28, auction, they will be able to donate to the Peace House in different ways.

"They can make a general donation to Peace House and we would welcome that, but if they would like to designate where they want their donation to go, we can definitely arrange that as well," Patten said.

Another way people can help is to become a Peace House volunteer.

"We have a large group of volunteers who help with anything from events like the auction to shelter advocacy, which means they work with families who are residing within the shelter," Patten explained. Anyone who wants to volunteer can contact Peace House volunteer coordinator Jessica Wall.

"Jessica will talk with them to see where they would fit best as volunteers," Patten said. "Some volunteers, if they work with families, will need some domestic violence training, however, if they want to help with office work, we certainly don’t require any training."

Although volunteers are a huge help, without the auction and tour it would be really tough for Peace House to accomplish its mission.

"The donations from the auction and the tour represents 20 percent of our budget and it would be difficult or us to fill that void," Patten said. "We are not an extravagant nonprofit organization and are really careful with the donations, and our services are critical needs. We can’t take a chance of cutting back on the quality and extent of our programs."

The Park City Board of Realtors Philanthropic Foundation’s annual Luxury Home Tour Auction benefit will be held at La Caille, 9565 Wasatch Blvd., in Sandy, on Thursday, June 28, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased by visiting http://www.luxuryhometour.org.