Valentine ball to raise money for Womancare

Posted Feb. 08, 2009, at 11:51 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:02 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Foxcroft Academy alumni and jazz bands will entertain the public at Womancare’s annual Valentine’s Day ball from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Penquis Higher Education Center.

Admission to the second annual “A New Day” ball is $35 a person or $60 a couple. The proceeds will help buy furnishings for Womancare’s future quarters. Refreshments will be served.

“This event was kind of a coming together of a lot of different community people to have fun together for a good cause,” Cynthia Freeman-Cyr, Womancare’s resource development coordinator, said Friday. “It’s just really an uplifting night.”

Womancare, an organization working in Piscataquis County and southwestern Penobscot County to end domestic violence, provides safe housing and a 24-hour help line, and offers an outreach educational program in local schools.

“So often people think about Womancare and domestic violence as a dark subject, but you know, when people come together in celebration of the work we do, I think it’s really uplifting,” Cyr said. The organization has eight paid employees, 20 regular help-line volunteers and a host of other volunteers who help in a variety of ways.

Cyr said the event’s goal is twofold: It’s like a “cabin fever reliever thing” and it provides people with an opportunity to dance to the big-band sounds and have fun amid winter.

At the same time, the public’s attendance will help the organization raise the remaining money it needs to furnish its building set to open in April. The organization has received donations and grants for some of the furnishings, which include computers, but about $15,000 more is needed, according to Cyr.

The 3,000-square-foot building on the Mayo Regional Hospital campus is being funded through a $310,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture loan, a $170,000 USDA Rural Development Community Facilities grant, and a bevy of donations from local businesses and individuals.

Womancare will observe its 30th anniversary this year, and an open house will be held at the new building in late spring.

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