CHAPEL HILL, NC – This Valentine’s Day, Carolina Meadows – the largest continuing care retirement community in the Triangle – is sharing its love with an organization near and dear to its heart, Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services (FVRC). Spreading the message that “Love shouldn’t hurt,” FVRC is hosting a Valentine’s Day dance Feb. 12 to raise money for a new shelter in Pittsboro to help even more domestic violence and rape victims restore their self esteem and rebuild their lives.
Carolina Meadows is a Silver Level sponsor of the dance, donating money to support the new shelter, and a number of community residents and staff plan to join the festivities – dancing the night away for a good cause.
The FVRC’s Garden Place shelter in Pittsboro has been providing shelter and other services to battered women and men and sexual assault victims throughout Chatham County since 1982. In addition, the group’s “Blue House” office facility provides court advocacy, counseling, safety planning, education and prevention services.
Carolina Meadows residents have been volunteering their time and resources in support of FVRC for several years. Residents help staff a crisis line for victims, and they also regularly donate clothes and goods to FVRC’s Second Bloom thrift boutique for resale.
Over the years, Carolina Meadows has provided eight Community Grants to support FVRC’s efforts. The most recent grant helps provide food for the organization’s Garden Place shelter.
The new shelter – planned to break ground in 12 to 15 months – will house eight adults and up to 16 children. Gifts, grants and loans are expected to cover the cost of land and construction, but FVRC must raise enough money to furnish the shelter and buy appliances. The upcoming dance, which the public is invited to attend, provides a fun way for community members to support this very worthy cause.
The “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Valentine’s Day Dance is being held Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Bold Building at 50101 Governors Drive (across from the Governors Club). Tickets – which are $20 per person when purchased in advance and $25 per person at the door – include two free drinks, hors d’oeuvres from local eateries, and live music from The Swang Brothers. All proceeds from the “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Valentine’s Day Dance will go directly toward buying beds, chairs, linens and appliances for the new shelter.
For more information, visit http://www.fvrc.org/news-room/valentines-dance-2015.