Throw a party for Peace House
July 19, 2016
Peace House is a nonprofit with a noble mission: to end family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and shelter. The Summit County-based group cannot do that, however, without support from the community, both in the way of time and energy and, of course, money. The Bling Fling Boutique, now in its third year, is an annual fundraising effort aimed at raising much of the money that will keep Peace House running smoothly over the course of the year.
"To date, the Bling Fling Boutique has been the biggest fundraiser for Peace House, raising $25,000 in 2015," said Nancy Tosti, co-chair of the Boutique. "We keep our expenses at a minimum with 99% of our sales going to help Peace House."
That funding is nothing short of critical, Tosti said.
"All of the Peace House programs are provided free of charge to those who need them," she said. "Therefore our fundraising efforts are very important to offset the costs involved. The money raised goes directly to maintaining the Peace House shelter, keeping it safe and warm for families who must turn to the shelter for safe haven. Funds also are used to replenish the pantry with food supplies and cleaning products."
In order for the Bling Fling to be a success, however, Peace House needs to bring in enough donated items to sell. Tosti said that's where Bling It On parties come into play.
Those who want to help bring in gently used women's accessories (and women's and men's jewelry) to be sold at the Bling Fling Boutique are encouraged to throw a party. The theme can be whatever the host likes, Tosti said, perhaps a birthday party with donated items in lieu of gifts or an open house where friends can drop by at their convenience. Peace House provides digital flyers, if needed, and also has tax-deductible donation forms.
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The donated items can then be dropped off by the host at any Peace House Purple Bin around the community or at the Peace House offices at 1960 Sidewinder Dr., Suite 208.
"The parties have been invaluable," Tosti said. "Collection of items from the community for resale at the event is really the hardest part of the process. We need to get the word out to as many people as possible and in today's world of scammers it has been a challenge for people to trust. However, when a friend invites them to a party, collecting items as an aside, they are more willing to donate. Donations have been plentiful."
Tosti said Peace House has seen all kinds of Bling It On parties over the past three years.
"One party was a 50th birthday party, the birthday girl requested that her friends donate items for Peace House as opposed to bring her gifts," Tosti said. "Another family, who throws a large party over the 4th of July, asked their guests to bring items to donate instead of a potluck item. They then had a catered meal."
Bling It On parties can be held now through October, with the Bling Fling Boutique scheduled for Nov. 11 and 12 at Park City Community Church. Tosti said those who don't want to host a party can still donate items at any of Peace House's collection bins, which are located at: Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Park City Community Church, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Wells Fargo Bank, and Hugo Coffee.
"We are also looking for volunteers who are willing to give of their time, as little as an hour, to help with the sorting process (beginning in September) or work a shift at the Bling Fling Boutique in November," Tosti said.
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