Safe Passage going virtual and online for annual event

Batesville, IN — To keep all safe yet still support some of our neediest residents, the annual We Help. We Heal. We Hope. fundraiser for Safe Passage will be a virtual format this year with an online auction.

The major fundraiser for the domestic and sexual violence nonprofit typically kicks off the giving season in December and is a sold-out affair with a raffle, decorated tabletops, and inspirational programming. In keeping with the 8-year holiday tradition, the theme this year, A Tradition of Hope, was chosen to acknowledge that even during a global pandemic, Safe Passage continues to provide life-transforming help and hope for those living with domestic and sexual violence. Although a different format, the special event will include a silent auction, raffle, and opportunity to donate. There is no fee to register on the auction site. Click here for the auction site. 

There are over 60 items to bid on, from pool parties and private catered dinners, to holiday décor and home improvement services to gift certificates for activities in the Tri-state. A highlight is four vacation homes in beautiful settings up for bid: Sunriver, Oregon; Wilmington, NC; New Smyna Beach, Fla.; and Sedona, Arizona. Those who register by Nov. 22 will receive 3 free raffle tickets. All proceeds from the event will go toward helping transform the lives of domestic and sexual violence victims and children traditionally served in the six-county district.

Most auction and raffle items will be on display at the Batesville library from November 25 to December 5, with pick up from noon to 3 p.m. on December 5. The auction will culminate at 11 am on December 5 on Facebook Live with emcee Matt Wessel, who is also the board president. At that time, the raffle winners will be announced, supporters recognized and auction activity highlighted. The links to the virtual event and auction are also available on our website.