Time to rock

Domestic Violence Crisis Center annual event returns

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The Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) has been a part of the Minot community for just over 40 years, but its goal remains the same. They want to help those in need who have been faced with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and other crisis like those.

Coming up on Jan. 12, the DVCC will be hosting its 4th annual Cause to Rock event. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Riverside, the event is both a fundraiser and a way for the organization to get information out to the public about who they are and what they do.

Anna, who works for the DVCC and wants to keep her last name anonymous, said, “The goal of the event is to bring awareness about the work we do in the community. It’s an evening of hope, heart and rock ‘n’ roll.”

The Cause to Rock event is DVCC’s largest event of the year. The evening will start with appetizers and a cash bar at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., there will be a sit-down dinner and a guest speaker. The speaker, who is a survivor of domestic abuse, will tell her personal story and where she is now. At around 8 p.m., the local band Soulshine will take the stage and perform for guests attending until almost midnight.

Along with the dinner, speaker and band, there will be auctions for guests to enjoy and participate. There will be live, silent and card auctions that will go throughout the night.

Cause to Rock is very important for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center because it helps keep them working in the community and helping those in need. They offer a variety of sources to those in need and events like Cause to Rock are their ways of not only getting funds to help them but to grow and let people know about the help they offer.

“The funds raised in this one night allow us to be available 24/7 for victims of violence when they need help. We receive grant funding but these events fill in the gaps. In 2017, we were able to provide over 3,800 nights of safety in 2017 for victims and their children,”said Jill McDonald, executive director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. “When you purchase a ticket not only are you going to have a fantastic time, you are helping provide a safe space for hope, healing and planning for survivors and their children in our region.”

Established in 1977, DVCC provides services to a four-county area in north-central North Dakota, including Ward, Pierce, McHenry and Renville counties.

“This all started with just a few volunteers sitting around a coffee table who knew there was a need. They made a decision to help and now we just celebrated our 40th anniversary,” Anna said.

Tickets for the event can be bought at the DVCC’s site, courage4change.org. A single’s ticket costs $35, a couple’s ticket costs $60, and those interested are able to reserve a table for eight for $300.

The site is full of information for those who are looking. For more information call 852-2258.