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‘Girls Night In’ raises money for Vail Valley shelter

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Ladies in Colorado’s Vail Valley can help support the local women’s and children’s advocacy group this Thursday by getting a manicure, facial and generally being pampered.

“Girls Night In” will be held at the Vail Mountain Club to benefit the Bright Future Foundation, formerly the Women’s Resource Center. Through a donation for entry, women can enjoy the spa, food and drinks.

The foundation supports women and their families, providing a crisis hotline, a safe house and shelter, counseling, youth mentoring, legal services and children’s advocacy for Eagle County.

The suggested donations are as follows:

• $75 Legal Angel – Provides one hour of legal services for a client in need.

• $150 Buddy Angel – Provides one month of youth advocacy and mentorship

• $200: Advocacy Angel – Provides one week of advocacy services

• $250: Shelter Angel – One week of food and shelter for a family at the Freedom Ranch Safehouse

The fundraiser is being held by the Millennium Society, a group of local, young professionals who organize innovative fundraisers for local, grassroots nonprofits, said Kristin Williams, co-founder of the society.

“This is a great, local cause, and we invite everybody to come and pack in as many services as they can,” she said.

The foundation especially needs community support this year because of an increase in demand for services, said Sheri Mintz, executive director of the Bright Future Foundation.

“In a recent study, it was found that in times of extreme financial stress, families are three times more likely to experience domestic violence,” Mintz said. “We’ve definitely seen that.”

For example, during the first three months of this year, the foundation’s 24-hour crisis hotline received 50 percent more calls than usual. Despite the increase in demand for services, a tough economy has forced the organization to cut staff, Mintz said.

“It’s challenging times for nonprofits to be sure,” she said. “We really depend on the community – and not just for financial support, but we’re always looking for volunteers. People can help by donating their time.”

Volunteer opportunities include working the crisis hotline or being a “buddy mentor” for at-risk kids.

The Bright Future Foundation’s other fundraisers include a golf tournament at Eagle Ranch and a dinner and live auction at Splendido Restaurant in Beaver Creek. Both events are in August.

What: “Girls Night In” to benefit the Bright Future Foundation

Who: For ladies looking for a night of spa pampering, food and drink

Where: Vail Mountain Club

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

More info: RSVP to jill@themillenniumsociety.org or call 970-376-5860.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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