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Fundraiser for Safe Voices
RUMFORD -- Members of the American Legion Post 24 Ladies Auxiliary are planning a fundraiser during Domestic Violence Prevention Month in October to benefit Safe Voices.
Jo Gaudet, who is the event chair, said that with the help of donations, they hope to be able to match the $4,000 request that Rumford voters rejected for Safe Voices at the June town meeting. It was believed by many that the recent name change by the organization from Abused Women's Advocacy Project (AWAP) to Safe Voices contributed to the negative result due to lack of name recognition. In addition, the acronym AWAP was not spelled out in the article. It was defeated despite the recommendation of both the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee to approve it.
The mission of Safe Voices is to support and empower those affected by domestic violence and engage the community in creating social change in Oxford, Androscoggin and Franklin counties, according to its website.
The event will take place on Oct. 1 at the Legion hall on Congress Street. It will begin with a 4-7 p.m. spaghetti supper. Cost will be $7 for adults and $5 for children. That will be followed by a dance by the oldies band Legend. Cost for the dance will be $5. Tickets can be purchased at the Legion or through a committee member.
A bake sale will be held through the event or until sold out. Items, many to be made by Legion member, will include homemade pumpkin rolls, brownies, sweet breads and whoopie pies.
There will also be a Chinese auction. People who would like to donate items such as gift baskets and gift certificates can leaves a message by calling Jo Gaudet at 364-3597 or Trish Thurston at 369-0831.
Members of the American Legion Post 24 Ladies Auxiliary are planning a fundraiser during Domestic Violence Prevention Month in October to benefit Safe Voices. From left are Doris Martineau, Tricia Thurston, Debbie DeRoche and Jo Gaudet. Not present were Erika Bickford and Alicia Yahn. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)