BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
The fifth annual Amethyst Affair, a fundraising event benefiting domestic violence shelters, is set to begin 6 p.m. this Saturday at the UAW Hall in Spring Hill.
Organized by the Spring Hill chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), the event will feature live and silent auctions, music and dancing, and activities focused on raising awareness of the effects of domestic violence.
The event is themed as a masquerade ball where the guests may wear masks, symbolizing the “pain [that] is often hidden among the many masks that victims wear to hide the emotional and physical turmoil they experience,” writes the GFWC.
The auction will feature a multitude of items, such as a weekend getaway at a lake vacation home in Winchester, tickets to the Atlanta Braves opening game, and handcrafted home decor pieces and jewelry. Also up for auction will be a 9.10 carat amethyst and 14k gold necklace, valued at $735. Click here for the full list of auction items, which is updated regularly.
Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the both the Center of Hope and Bridges Domestic Violence Shelters, which help victims of domestic violence through a healing process that includes intervention, education and case management.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that more than 10 million men and women a year are physically abused by their partner, equating to 20 people being physically abused every minute. In Tennessee, 40 percent of women and 32.5 percent of men have reported experiencing physical violence from their intimate partners, with the state ranking in the top five for domestic-related homicides. Many incidents will go unreported, however, so these statistics are likely below the actual incident rate.
Tickets for the event are $50, or $20 for members of the Spring Hill chapter of the GFWC, also known as the Spring Station’s Women’s Club. Upon purchasing your ticket, guests will be able to reserve a specific table or seat online. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here.