Albany County S.A.F.E Project first annual brunch fundraiser
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Albany County S.A.F.E. Project is hosting its first brunch fundraiser at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alice Hardie Stevens Center, 603 Ivinson Ave. Money from the fundraiser will go to the organization to continue to provide services for victims of domestic abuse.

Outreach coordinator Scott Cheney said the event would help the organization raise funding, in addition to grants, to help pay for overhead expenses. Fundraising also allows the organization to be more flexible and use its funding however needed for services or other expenditures.

“A lot of times, any nonprofit organization, we receive grant money and federal money for specific things, and so it can be hard to pay the overhead expenses like administration or wages or maintenance even,” He said. “We try to raise money so we can have a little leeway so we can provide more financial assistance where we feel like we need it.”

Cheney said the brunch will have a silent auction where participants can win several prizes such as original artwork, sporting event tickets and more than $7,000 worth of prizes donated from local people and organizations.

“We actually have quite a bit of original artwork that’s been donated,” Cheney said. “We have an electric fireplace from Black Hills Energy, the university has stepped up and we have quite a few game tickets (and) a signed helmet. We have over $7,000 in silent auction items that were donated, we have a great dessert auction that will happen and a 50/50 raffle.”

Finding sponsors for the fundraiser was the hardest part because it is difficult for first-time events. Cheney said he hopes to raise $3,000-$5,000 from the fundraiser for the organization to help Albany County victims.

Because of the confidential nature of S.A.F.E Project the fundraiser allows donors to meet with the staff to see how the organization is helping victims of domestic abuse, Executive Director Faryn Babbitt said.

“The majority of our donations money and fundraiser money goes directly toward serving victims,” she said. “The nature of our work is difficult for our donors to see what we do because what we do is, it’s very confidential, and so … it is a nice opportunity for our donors to come together with our staff and our board and just communicate with each other.”

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