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October 01, 2012 - Stories of Hope: Alternatives to Family Violence

What: Annual fundraising gala

Where: Westminster Doubletree Hotel, 8773 Yates Drive, Westmninster

When: Friday, October 12, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $50

Beneficiary: Those affected by domestic violence

Executive Director: Yolanda Gotier

Board of Directors: Jessica Ford, Board President; Michael Garcia, Vice President; Maria Sobota, Secretary; Kami Welch

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 The Gators receive their award
The Gators receive their award

Stories of H.O.P.E. was an evening of fun, mystery, celebration, thankfulness and reflection.  When the staff and volunteers from Alternatives to Family Violence speak of HOPE they specifically mean working with families affected by family violence to provide them with help, options, protection and empowerment, in other words: hope.

Those present at the Doubletree North in Westminster had mystery boxes to choose and unwrap, treasure keys to purchase and silent auction items to bid on.  Lots of exciting prizes were up for grabs throughout the evening.

The evening did however begin with a moment of silence for Jessica Ridgeway, who had recently been so cruelly lost to the Westminster community.

Guests were then treated to a buffet of carving stations while Rockin Rob Romano entertained the crowd.  The first community service award of the evening went to the Gator Football team.  The young men on this team, along with their coaches and families, had volunteered in a variety of ways to support the safe house run by ATFV.  The second community award went to the Commerce City Rotary, whose members brought items for the safe house to every meeting through the spring and summer. The White Ribbon Award went to Garrett McCoy and was accepted on his behalf by his proud grandparents Claurice and Leonard McCoy.  Their grandson was busy with his wife and their new baby at the local hospital. Jennifer Kintana was awarded the Advocate of the Year for her work, bringing family violence awareness classes to a local school. Many other volunteers were acknowledged; many of them were young people who have volunteered in a wide variety of ways.

Alternatives to Family Violence provides a variety of services and programs ranging from 2- 24 hour bilingual crisis lines, an emergency safehouse for women and children, training and advocacy.  For more information about the range of services they provide please check out their website at




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