by Sue Austreng
Embracing victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence, Alexandra House empowers them, providing compassion and assistance, helping them to rise above a painful and frightening past.
Established in 1977, Alexandra House has evolved and expanded its services – providing protection and assistance to more than 3,000 primary and secondary victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence last year alone – a nearly 12.5 percent increase in people served.
The public is invited to lend a hand, helping to fund Alexandra House services by attending the ninth annual Hope Gala, a benefit for Alexandra House that is set to take the stage at the Tournament Players Club, Blaine, beginning at 6 p.m. March 3.
Tickets for the event are $125 per person and can be purchased online at www.alexandrahouse.org or by calling 763-780-2332.
The Hope Gala, described as “a heartwarming and elegant evening,” includes hor d’oeuvres and a three-course meal, musical entertainment by the Steve Blons Trio, mystery boxes, live auctions and more.
Auction items of special interest include a cooking class for 12 with chef Peter Metzger at the Tournament Players Club; a vacation in Napa Valley, Calif.; dinner for eight prepared and served by Natalie Steffen and Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo; and a Lake Pepin sailboat excursion for eight.
According to Amanda Vickstrom, development and communications director for Alexandra House, money raised at next month’s Hope Gala will be used to support crisis and follow-up services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Emcees for the Hope Gala are Steffen and Palumbo.
In addition, a former Alexandra House client will deliver a testimonial during the event.
Suggested attire for the Hope Gala is semi-formal.
The Tournament Players Club is located at 11444 Tournament Players Parkway, Blaine.
The mission of Alexandra House is “to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence, and inspire social change, through education, support and advocacy,” as stated on the organization’s website.
Alexandra House was established 35 years ago when a group of concerned citizens formed the Anoka County Task Force for Battered Women.
By 1978 the task force established a 24-hour crisis line and opened its first emergency shelter in 1980.
First located in Fridley, the original shelter housed 12 women and children. In 1983 the shelter moved to a new site in Blaine that provided space for 17 residents.
In 1994, having outgrown the second shelter, the organization built its current facility in Blaine and can house up to 35 women and children at one time.
Alexandra House has expanded its services over the years – adding legal advocacy, violence prevention programs, community education presentations and more.
In October 2009, advocacy services for victims and survivors of sexual violence were added.
To learn more about Alexandra House, to contact the organization, or to make a donation, visit www.alexandrahouse.org or call 763-780-2332.
Donations can also be made by mailing a check to Alexandra House, Inc., P.O. Box 49039, Blaine, MN 55449.
Sue Austreng is at [email protected]