Realtors roll out red carpet for Peace House
July 22, 2006
Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of abuse and murders in this country. Those who attempt to leave their violent homes often have nowhere to go and live in fear, according to Jane Patten, the executive director of the Peace House in Park City.
To raise money for the Peace Hose, the Park City Board of Realtors is holding their 15th Annual Luxury Home Tour Auction at Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley on Thursday, July 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All of the proceeds will go to the Peace House.
The Peace House is used for providing support, shelter and refuge for families, mostly women and children, who are fleeing from their brutal homes. The Peace House can accommodate 15 people at any time and the majority of their funds go toward supporting those families and providing counseling or other needs. The rest of the money they receive wil go towards various education and outreach programs.
"When a woman and her children come to the Peace House, they are coming with nothing they and they are coming for safety. We try to intervene before someone is killed," Patten said. "We also try to break the cycle of violence. In a period of two years, every 21 days someone dies from a domestic death."
According to Patten, the Board of Realtors’ yearly event produces 20 percent of the Peace House’s budget.
"We would have to do a cut in service that would be drastic without it," Patten said.
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It’s not just money that benefits the organization.
"Educating the community is important. The more people know about us, the more they know about domestic violence. It raises awareness of the Peace House and domestic violence," Patten said.
Years ago, the Park City Board of Realtors brainstormed ideas to give money back to the community.
"One criteria we looked at, is we wanted the organization to be a local grown organization. The Peace House has met that criteria every year, it services Summit and Wasatch counties," said Flint Decker, committee volunteer for the home tour.
The event has turned into more than just another fundraiser. There will be food and a cash bar at the auction supplied by Deer Valley and live music by Park City’s Mary Beth Maziarz. The silent and live auctions will offer something for every budget.
"It’s turned into a really wonderful social," Decker said. "There are 25 volunteers that work year round on it. We actually have over 300 volunteers on the day of the event."
The auction, began as a spinoff of the Realtors’ annual Home Tour, has grown in leaps. The auction will take place in the whole upper level of the Snow Park Lodge.
"A lot of our sponsors have felt so good about what they’ve done that we’ve had huge increases of what they’ve given this year," said Ginny Schulman, committee volunteer for the home tour. "Sponsors went from advertising in half a page to a whole and some went from a $2,500 advertisement to a $5,000 ad. This speaks well of what’s going on. We’ve just had great support for this auction. We just need more people showing up."
The auction costs $15 dollars at the door, and according to Schulman, the value of the food alone exceeds the ticket price. Tom Terry from Tommy Knockers will be the auctioneer. Well over $100,000 in value with over 250 items from over 200 different sponsors will be put up for auction this year, according to Schulman. The most expensive items will start at over $3,000 and the lowest items will start at $50.
"There’s something for everyone. You name it we got it. People can feel free to come and have a good time," Schulman said.
Part two of the Realtors fundraiser for the Peace House, the Luxury Home Tour at Deer Crest will take place Aug. 12. The tour will explore six new homes and mountain estates in a gated community that was recently completed as a part of Deer Crest’s luxury ski-in, ski out development.
"It’s an additional way to see beautiful homes that people might not see otherwise," Decker said. "We have over two to 3,000 people go through the homes every year. The tour really showcases some of the areas most beautiful homes that we have. Basically we are sold out for the home tour every year."
The annual Home Tour Live and Silent Auction will take place Thursday, July 27 in Deer Valley at Snow Park Lodge from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A $15 donation will be asked for at the door. The Luxury Home Tour kicks off Aug. 12 at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40.00 on the day of the event. Buy tickets on-line at http://www.luxuryhometour.org or contact (435) 658-4739. Parking is at Snow Park lot in lower Deer Valley. The mission of the Peace House Women’s Shelter is to empower, support and offer safety to victims of domestic violence and provide community education. For information on the Peace House or emergency assistance call the 24 hour hotline at (800) 647-9161.
The list of items to be auctioned off
Art Work Original Oil from Old Town Gallery Original Oil from David Merrill Gallery Giclees on Canvas from Redstone Gallery and Coleman Studios Don Greenwood/Tivoli Gallery Matthew Wolf Savont Claire Galerie
Photography Images of Nature Scanlon Windows of the World Wild Spirits Nature David Whitten Gallery
Accommodations and Travel Alpine Ski Properties Blue Boar Inn Invited Inn R & R Property Management Airline Tickets from Southwest Airlines Silver Queen Boutique Hotel Blooming Property Management Deer Valley Lodging
Entertainment Hot Air Balloon Rides from Morning Star Balloons and Entertainment for a Party by Ides of Soul or Rich Wyman Ovation Audio Black BeoSound 1 Compact Stereo System by Bang & Olufsen from Lifestyle Electronics Park Meadows Country Club Park City Literary Festival Utah Symphony & Opera Trout Bum 2 White Pine Touring
Furniture Timberlodge Collection Armoire from Christine’s Homestore Lamps from Right at Home Tables and Trunks from Elegante Interior with Oohs & Aahs Cole Sport Table Lamp from Pioneer Welding San Francisco Design Barclay Butera Mountain Timber Casa Bella Luna International Bronze Art Gallery Mountain Timber San Francisco Design Wasatch Lighting
Home Accessories No Place Like Home Paisley Pomegranate Rocky Mountain Baskets Cashmere Blanket and Sheets from Elegant Linens
Pottery and Sculptures Bernard Katz Vase from Coda Gallery Wind Sculpture from Iron Horse Gallery Sculpture by Colmenero Studio from Stone Art Gallery
Clothes The Expanding Heart Elan of Park City Bahn of Sport Cole Sport Sisters Rhinestone Belt and Evening Purse from Turquoise Door Coat from Park City Clothing Company Vida Whimsey Zeta & Company
Jewelry Necklace from Mary Jane’s Necklace, Bracelet & Earrings from Kacy Quinley Coaching Opal Bracelet and Earrings from Southwest Expressions Ballou Necklace and Snowflake Necklace & Earrings from Tommy Knockers Necklace and Earrings from Turquoise Door Park City Jewelers
Gift Certificates to… Adib’s Rug Gallery Chloe Lane, Cabi Clothes and Crosby Collection Restaurants..Chez Betty, Riverhorse, Blind Dog, Mountain Body, Prime Steakhouse, Jean Louis, Mustang Fitness…My Time Fitness and Knead a Massage Ski Passes from Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons Nurseries.. Red Barn Trees, Noles Nursery, Mountainsides Landscaping Borg Anderson…Photographic Services Peter Anhony Salon and Skin Renewal Clinic The Spa Source Travel Clean Car Wash Buggy Bath Car Wash