Time Out is pulling out all the stops and the red carpet for its annual spring fund-raiser and fashion show this Saturday at Chaparral Pines.
Event organizer Donna Lahti said she wanted to make this year’s event, which marks Time Out’s 20th anniversary, extra special and hopefully, profitable.
Special touches include valet service and a red carpet ushering guests into the clubhouse upon arrival. Inside, browsers will find an armoire of clothing with items for sale and 26 gift baskets up for auction, each with a different theme. One is full of coffees and even an espresso machine, Lahti said.
The event will also include a fashion show, with the clothes all for sale after the show.
Lunch includes a salad and baked potato bar and a chocolate table. For an additional $10, guests can take as much chocolate home as they can fit into a provided container.
Proceeds from the $25 tickets will benefit the Time Out Shelter.
While Time Out holds fund-raising events throughout the year, this event is the most affordable, Lahti said.
Money raised supports Time Out’s operations, which include running the only domestic violence shelter in northern Gila County along with outreach and prevention programs.
Last year, the shelter’s finances took a huge hit when statewide domestic violence funding was cut. However, the number of women and families seeking refuge remains high, so the shelter must rely even more heavily on donations, said Time Out’s Executive Director Camille Levee.
Statistically, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and one in five teens will experience dating abuse. In addition, someone dies every three days from domestic violence on average in Arizona.
While shocking, these statistics are all too real, Levee said.
Hanna Lulgjuraj-Murray is one of those statistics. She was nearly killed when her then-husband shot her in the chest and left her for dead.
She survived and wrote the book, “Lived To Tell It,” to help shed light on domestic violence and encourage other women to get out before it is too late.
Lulgjuraj-Murray says she learned a valuable lesson about relationships and cultural responsibilities; a lesson that set her free from abusive men and traditions that kept her obedient to others.
Lulgjuraj-Murray will have copies of her book for sale at the event.
If you go:
Time Out’s Steppin’ Out
luncheon and fashion show is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Chaparral Pines Golf Club. Admission is $25 per person. Purchase tickets at the Time Out Thrift Shop, 500 S. Beeline Highway, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.