Safe Passage staff, supporters celebrate recent event

Left to right, Taneha Negangard, Batesville Anytime Fitness director of operations, and John Spence, owner of Anytime Fitness in Batesville and several other AF fitness centers in the area, present Jane Yorn, executive director of Safe Passage, Inc., a check from the Brees Dream Foundation. Anytime Fitness submitted the money raised from the Bash Before the Stash for the matching fund grant from the Dream Foundation.

Lawrenceburg, Ind. — The Third Annual Bash Before the Stash, hosted at the Lawrenceburg Event Center, is shaping up to be another successful fundraiser for the organization. Last year about $40,000 was raised during the event.

The group applauds the efforts of many community partners including founders of Anytime Fitness, Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortenson, Batesville native and owner of several Anytime Fitness locations, John Spence and business partner Michael Gelfgot as donations are being tallied.

The Brees Dream Foundation pledged to match 25 percent of the funds raised for eligible non-profits and delivered a check for $9,596 to match last year’s event.

Jane Yorn, executive director of Safe Passage, was overwhelmed with the response from Anytime Fitness and the community. “Anytime Fitness puts on a first rate event, and the time and energy they donate to make it successful is just humbling. We at Safe Passage fe

Pictured here from left, Mary Mattingly and Jane Yorn, both with Safe Passage, Arika Yager with Anytime Fitness and co-chair of the event, SP board member and presenter Tina Bojack, Bash co-chair Taneha Negangard, with Anytime Fitness owner John Spence and (kneeling) Michael Gelfgot and Chris Slater, also with Anytime Fitness.

el so very blessed to have such a caring partner in the community.”

The group a moving story from a Dearborn County domestic violence victim then had a silent auction, live auction and entertainment by Chicago-based Felix and Fingers dueling pianos.

Since 1977, Safe Passage has helped free 10,000 victims and their children from a lifestyle of domestic violence. No fees are charged for shelter or outreach services, and 50 percent of the funding comes from private donations and fundraisers.