Family Services of Tulare County

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on Friday, Oct. 5, Family Services of Tulare County and its supporters gathered at the Visalia Rawhide Hall of Fame Club to celebrate survivors and raise funds for Karen’s House, the nonprofit’s 33-bed emergency domestic violence shelter. Attendees wore purple, the designated color for domestic violence awareness, while they bid on silent auction items, enjoyed a casual dinner from Café 225 and listened to music thanks to donated DJ services from Bliss Events Group.

Thanks to the support of donors and sponsors, including the Visalia Host Lions Club, the Law Offices of Afreen Kaelble, Green Box Rentals, Sunset Rotary, the County of Tulare and Brown’s Custom Jewelry, the Purple Party raised more than $22,000 for Karen’s House. Funds will be used for shelter maintenance and upkeep, and special client needs that are not covered by the nonprofit’s grants.

One in four women and one in 10 men experience some form of intimate partner violence throughout their lifetimes. It takes all of us to create safety in homes, in relationships and for children, which leads to a safer community in which everyone can thrive.

For more information, please visit www.fstc.net.

Annual Wine and Wags Gala and Auction

Valley Oak SPCA’s ninth annual Wine and Wags Gala and Auction was an extraordinarily successful event. More than $37,000 was raised and attendees heard stories of some of the most heart-wrenching animal rescues.

Guests of honor that night were Ryker (available for adoption), a rehabilitated pitbull who was once clinging to life from starvation and infected wounds, and Big Mama (available for adoption) and her pup, Tank, who were rescued from a junkyard in Visalia. Big Mama had spent the last 10 years as a feral dog, having litter after litter.

We are extremely grateful to the staff and volunteers who helped coordinate the event, the donors, food vendors, wineries and sponsors who helped make the event a success, and we are beyond grateful to the guests who attended.

Fundraising events like Wine and Wags are extremely important to the success of our no-kill rescue. We love to share with supporters our mission and the stories of the homeless animals in the Central Valley.

Valley Oak SPCA relies on the support of our community to continue to save lives and care for abandoned and injured animals.

Annual VEAC Red Carpet Event

Visalia Emergency Aid’s third annual Evening on the Red Carpet was held Oct. 13. More than 300 guests joined VEAC at the beautiful showroom of Giant Chevrolet & Cadillac. Guests were treated to a gourmet meal catered by Café 225, served under the stars on a wonderful fall evening. A silent auction, car giveaway and dancing completed the evening. A few guests even took to the microphone for karaoke and dancing. Guests walked the red carpet for photos by local paparazzi while raising more than $25,000 for the VEAC Food Pantry. More than 1,100 families receive supplemental, nutritious groceries there each month.

Look for next year’s event on the second Saturday of October.

Visalia Chamber Christmas Tree Auction

Generosity and grandeur are combined as the Visalia Chamber of Commerce presents the 38th annual Christmas tree auction, “A Holiday Affair,” set to kick off Friday, Dec. 7, at the Visalia Convention Center.

The auction raises money and awareness for more than 20 nonprofit organizations impacting Visalia. More than $4 million has been raised for local charities in the last 37 years. Underscoring the significance of this annual event, the auction is the primary fundraising mechanism for many of the participating nonprofits and the business community’s way of giving back.

The auction has become a local holiday tradition. Each year, more than 1,200 people dressed in their finest formal holiday attire kick off the season with a giving spirit.

This year’s gala event will include wine tasting, appetizers, dancing, an appearance by the Mt. Whitney Drum Line and music provided by DJ John McCullough.