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Brazilian guitarist playing for Saturday night fundraiser at Marshall

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 02:23 PM

HUNTINGTON — Bajo Las Estrellas, translated as “Under the Stars,” is the French-themed fundraiser for CONTACT Rape Crisis Center of Huntington.

The event, featuring food and wines of Provence as well as live music and a unique silent auction, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Francis Booth Experimental Theatre inside the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center at Marshall University. Tickets are available at $75 each or $125 for two.

“Those who attended this event last year were so positive about the great atmosphere and excellent food and wine that they have been waiting for the tickets to go on sale this year!”  said Frances Hensley, event coordinator. “We only have 150 tickets so we encourage people to reserve their tickets now by calling CONTACT at 304-523-3447 or Frances Hensley at 304-523-6806.”

The silent auction will contain unusual packages that are sure to surprise and interest attendees Hensley said.

“Among the silent auction items, guests will find packages such as: Gourmet breakfast in bed (includes brand new queen size mattress and box springs), Cooking Boot Camp offered by local caterer Sharon Pressman, Dessert of the month for a year from Dream Lester, Fitness Package from the HIT Center and many, many more unique items,” Hensley said.

Sip Wine Bar located at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington has donated many of the wines for the evening. Mountwest Community and Technical College, Sip Wine Bar, La Famiglia, Savannah’s, 21 Club at the Fredrick and Rocco’s will provide food. Café Mojo will provide coffee for the evening and entertainment will be provided by Julio Alves.

“Funds raised from this event will be utilized to provide direct crisis intervention and follow-up services to victims of sexual violence and stalking,” said Sharon Pressman, Executive Director of CONTACT Rape Crisis Center.

Services provided by CONTACT include: medical advocacy in the emergency room, accompanying victims during law enforcement and court proceedings, safety planning and all around support in person and/or by phone, Pressman said.

“In addition, prevention and awareness programming is available for children including: anti-bullying, Internet safety, violence prevention, healthy relationships, and several other topics,” Pressman said.

CONTACT of Huntington serves Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, and Mason counties. All victim services are free and confidential. These services can be accessed thru the24-hour hotline (304-399-1111) as well as during working hours Monday thru Friday (304-523-3447).  Information at: www.contacthuntington.com<http://www.contacthuntington.com>.

Read about other cool music happenings this weekend in Dave Lavender’s Friday music column.