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Family Support Council plans ‘non-event’ fund-raiser

by Joyce Hollister

Don’t go out. Stay home with the kids – curl up in your pajamas and watch a family video or read a book.

The Family Support Council hopes to make money off this kind of cozy night at home with its first “non-event” fund-raiser.

“What we’re asking is, instead of spending money buying a new dress, paying for child care and buying tickets, provide us with a donation and stay home and enjoy your kids,” said Family Support Council Director Karen Edwards.

Dinner-dance tickets were $45 each last eyFar, and if one figures in all these other costs, donations could be substantial.

The council is retiring its annual Hearts and Flowers Dinner-Dance and Auction after 16 years, Edwards said.

The “non-event” idea is successful for many Reno organizations.

“It has worked pretty well (in Reno),” she said. “I don’t know if it will here, but I’m hoping. We felt the dinner-dance’s time has come and gone. The last few years’ events have not been financially successful as they have been in the past. We thought we’d try this.”

The “non-event” will feature written invitations, followed up by personal contact by board members. A date has been set, March 24.

“We would like people to send us their donations by that date,” Edwards said.

The deadline will give staff members a chance to plan for the end of the fiscal year. All money raised through the “non-event” will be used for domestic violence and sexual assault programs, parenting education and family case management and the myriad programs under these categories.

The council needs to raise about $30,000 by June 30. After an appeal in January, Edwards said the council picked up about $17,000 in new funds, but not quite enough to put the agency into the black by the end of the fiscal year.

“People have been responding pretty well,” Edwards added. “We want to give our thanks to the community.”

For information, call the council at 782-8692.