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Advocates Building Peaceful Communities to host annual fundraiser

A cake for all seasons, by Cakes & Collectibles Shoppe, at the Decadent Desserts fundraiser in 2007. This year's event is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Steamboat Grand.

— In the first six months of 2011, there have been 785 nights of stay in the Advocates Building Peaceful Communities crisis shelter. Last year at this time, that number was just more than 250.

For Advocates Executive Director Diane Moore, that is just one more statistic that shows there still is work to be done in the community when it comes to offering support, treatment, education and outreach regarding domestic violence.

"On a good day, I see the great changes for victims, and some days I know we still have a long ways to go," Moore said.

"We still have some work to do to really understand and do the best we can for the families who experience this."

Advocates launched almost 30 years ago, and Moore has been a part of it since the beginning.

As the organization grows and continues to offer more services, the breadth of the issue grows, and with it, the need.

"Half of all couples will experience some kind of abuse," Moore said. "That's huge."

Advocates' annual fundraiser is Saturday in its traditional format of food, drinks and chocolate. The 26th annual Decadent Desserts is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Steamboat Grand and features gourmet creations from 20 local chefs.

With a $40 ticket comes appetizers and the chance to taste each dessert and vote for People's Choice award. A cash bar will be available.

At 7 p.m., the live auction will begin, featuring a Steamboat Ski Area season pass and a golfing package from Catamount Ranch & Club. An ongoing silent auction will include everything from massages to restaurant gift certificates.

Live music will come from Legal Tender, an acoustic duo comprising Jeff Swoyer and Tom Schwall, who played for the same fundraiser 20 years ago.

But 20 years ago, Moore said the organization didn't face the fiscal constraints they did this year.

Moore said the group receives funding from federal, state and local governments as well as foundations and grants. Almost all of those entities are tightening their belts, while Advocates is seeing in the range of 300 to 400 victims each year in Routt County.

But the group continues to see support from the community.

The Industrial Company will be donating a portion of entry fees from its company golf tournament this weekend to the organization.

"I really do believe we can get to a place where there's such understanding and respect for these issues and that we continue as a community to work together to make those changes," Moore said.

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If you go

What: 26th annual Decadent Desserts, a fundraiser for Advocates Building Peaceful Communities

When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

Cost: Tickets are $40 and are available at All That Jazz and the Advocates office

Call: 970-879-2034.