By Molly • 

Downtown auction to benefit Juliette’s House

The 19th annual “Celebrate the Children” auction, dinner and dance fundraiser for Juliette’s House is slated to run 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom, upstairs at 325 N.E. Third St.

It will feature a buffet dinner of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, catered by Haagenson’s, along with a no-host bar. Admission is $75, which includes a complimentary glass of wine or beer.

Both silent and oral auctions are planned, along with a wall of wine, a raffle and door prizes. The event also includes dancing to live music, provided by “The Soul Shot Dance Band.”

The oral auction will feature a four-day, three-night trip to Costa Rica, valued at $1,300; a seven-day, six-night getaway to a three-bedroom home in Central Oregon, valued at $1,000; a two-night pioneer vacation at a working cattle ranch west of Fossil, valued at $450; and other items, such as a dining experience package with tickets to the Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker performance. Brian Crain, principal at Duniway Middle School, will serve as the auctioneer.

The night’s “raise the paddle” event will support the Safe Kids Program, a child abuse prevention and intervention program for Yamhill County children in grades K-5. Juliette’s House, dedicated to battling child abuse, uses trained facilitators to cover bullying, stranger awareness and unsafe touch through role-playing.

The goal is to give the children the message that they have a right to be “Safe, Strong and Free,” and should tell if someone if hurting them with adults ready to help them. The program is presented to about 4,000 children annually.

Development Director Francine Fiore said the silent auction also features many nice items.

“Businesses, service clubs, vendors and individuals are and always have been very generous to us,” she said. “What began as a way of creating Juliette’s House 19 years ago has become a way of sustaining Juliette’s House.

“The auction raises about $65,000, which is gratifying and critical to being able to continue to provide services to children and families impacted by child abuse. What’s more, it allows donors and supporters to be a part of our community’s response to child abuse.”

While a few tickets still remain, Fiore said, the event typically sells out. For those who can’t make it in person, she said, cash donations and sponsorships represent other ways to participate in an important cause.

For more information, contact Fiore at 503-687-1313 or francine@juliette’shouse.

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