Volunteers help paint and fix up apartments and shelters provided to domestic violence victims by DAWN during King County’s Day of Caring on Sept. 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of DAWN.

Volunteers help paint and fix up apartments and shelters provided to domestic violence victims by DAWN during King County’s Day of Caring on Sept. 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of DAWN.

Gala to support programs for abuse survivors

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to help raise money for resources, shelters and other tools for victims, local nonprofit DAWN (Domestic Abuse Women’s Network) is hosting a gala in Renton.

DAWN is a Kent-based nonprofit that provides shelters and resources for domestic violence and abuse victims all over King County.

“Dawn advocates and partners work together to shelter, empower and support survivors of domestic abuse in King County and Beyond,” a nonprofit press release states. “DAWN’s vision is to keep us all safe by educating our community to respond to and prevent violence.”

In 2018 DAWN provided over 9,400 shelter nights and emergency housing for survivors, took over 5,000 calls on its crisis hotline and gave 1,000 hours in legal advocacy for survivors. To keep these programs running, DAWN relies on volunteers and donations from the community along with city, county and state funding. To help raise those funds, DAWN is hosting a “Winter Wonderland” gala and auction.

The gala will be held from 5 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Hyatt Regency at Lake Washington in Renton. This is the 23rd year DAWN has hosted this event.

Anyone interested in reserving space at the gala or who wish to donate can call Kate Haas at 253-893-1608 or email her at kateh@dawnrising.org.

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