For the week of May 19, 1999  thru May 25, 1999  

Advocates raise $42,000 at charitable event

Express Staff Writer

y19advocates2.jpg (12094 bytes)Bob Doyle, long time Wood River Valley resident and history teacher at the Community School was crowned outstanding man of the year by the advocates Sunday evening.

An estimated 250 Wood River Valley residents turned out for the Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence "Man-of-the-Year" fund raiser at Elkhorn Resort on Sunday night, pitching in $42,500 to support construction of a new advocates shelter in Hailey.

Long time Wood River Valley resident and Community School history teacher, Bob Doyle, was chosen as the outstanding man of the year.

y19advocates1.jpg (9963 bytes)And the advocates said, let there be a chorus line, and there was a chorus line, and it was good. From left to right: Aaron Stern, Grady Burnett, Dale Bates, Rish Tabiano, Jeff Smith, Dick Noble, Steve Pruitt, Dean Rutherford, David Blampied.

In addition, several local men strutted their stuff as they helped to auction off small vacation packages. Shane Galles, assistant golf pro at The Valley Club helped to draw bids for a day of golfing along with two golf outfits provided by the club.

Grady Burnett of Sun Valley Elkhorn Realty strutted the stage and helped draw bids for a full day of fly fishing in the Sawtooth Mountains.

Dance lessons, in-line skating lessons, water skiing, rock climbing and even a trip to Costa Rica were also offered as prizes to the highest bidders.

But all the light-hearted fun was designed to serve a heavy and solemn purpose.

An average of 300 women seek help from the advocates annually, and approximately 16 calls a day are received at the advocates’ office. Law enforcement reported 375 domestic violence and court protection order violations in 1998.

This is the impetus behind construction of a shelter for abused women and children. Ground breaking for the new shelter will be tomorrow.

In January, the advocates received a conditional use permit to build and operate a 4,800 square foot facility in central Hailey that can house as many as five families at a time. They received a building permit on May 12.

The shelter’s doors are scheduled to open to abused women and children in January of 2000.


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