CWAV gala is a fundraiser for affordable housing efforts

The Cowichan Women Against Violence Society’s second annual Building Fund Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.

If you’re looking for a way to help abused women in the Valley, the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society’s second annual Building Fund Gala, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club, is a good place to start.

This housing project will increase the number of affordable units in the Cowichan Valley, but the Society has an interest in a particular kind of operation.

Called “second-stage”, this housing gives women who’ve left abusive relationships – some with children, some without – a year or two to get their feet on the ground.

The women will live in their own apartments at affordable rents.

The society will have staff for tenancy support. The support may be as basic as how to be a good renter or it may include assistance in navigating the rather daunting legal, financial, co-parenting and emotional challenges that accompany separation. The trauma that comes with abuse make all of these issues much more difficult and complex.

Gala attendees on Nov. 5 will be treated to a gourmet buffet dinner (three mains plus a vegetarian option by request), a live auction, a silent auction, special draws, and live music and dancing.

Norm Jackson will serve as MC and auctioneer, and the Cowichan Lake Tenors will provide music.

Festivities start at 6 p.m. for a cash bar and the start of the silent auction and the purchase of tickets for several exciting draws. Dinner is at 7 p.m., the live auction at 8 p.m. and there will be music and dancing from 9 to 11 p.m.

Individual tickets are $85 each. Each ticket will receive a tax receipt for $35.

Tables are available for $680 (tax receipt for $280).

People can also donate tickets so some of CWAV’s clients can attend. Tickets can be purchased online or at CWAV’s office at 103-255 Ingram St. in Duncan.