Event to benefit local victims of domestic violence

By Rayne Brown

In honor of domestic violence month, the Family Abuse Center of Waco is having a fundraiser to support victims of domestic violence.

It will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Phoenix Ballroom at 4101 S. Third St. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Family Abuse Center Services. The fundraiser will include food, a silent auction and entertainment featuring Waco talent.

Tickets are $50 each and tables that seat eight are $500. Tickets are available at the door.

“It was full,” Family Abuse Center Development Director Virginia Feaster said of last year’s event. “We had a lot of people there. It was such a good event because the majority of everything was donated.”

Tickets and tables can be purchased by calling 254-772-8999.

“Domestic violence is an issue we go hard for,” said Family Abuse Center Executive Director Kathy Reid. “It’s good people getting together for a good cause.”

The Family Abuse Center is also partnering with Kaboom, a national non-profit that builds playgrounds, and BlueCross BlueShield of Texas to design and build a new playground for the children at the Family Abuse Center.

According to the Family Abuse Center the goal of this project is to provide the children in the center with a safe place to play since the current playground is outdated and needs to be replaced.

On Oct. 3, children were brought together for “Design Day” to draw their dream playground. The event was day one of the planning process. Next, Kaboom will present three playgrounds to Family Abuse Center and by 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14, they will cut the ribbon and open the playground.