By, Buckaroo Radio & News
Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services (WDVS) has partnered with Reno Aces for an amazing fundraising night September 3rd. The Reno Aces are taking on the Albuquerque Isotopes at 6:00 pm. The WDVS is offering tickets to the game and a portion of those tickets will benefit the WDVS. The tickets, which cost $20 and include a Reno Aces ball cap, are for reserved seating in the left field. A commitment of fifty tickets has been made but Adrienne Openlander of Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services hopes to break that commitment by selling even more than those 50. Tickets can be purchased, with cash or check, at 50 Melarkey Street or call 625-1313 and the staff at WDVS will deliver the tickets. There is no limit to the number of tickets that one person can purchase. Openlander is expecting a fun evening and invites everyone to join in. According to Openlander, Alex Strathern, of the Reno Aces, has been instrumental in bringing this opportunity to Winnemucca. For further information, contact the WDVS or Strathern at (775) 334-7060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Winnemucca Mayor’s Ball will be October 13th and is a semi-formal event. This will be the fourth anniversary of the event. Some items that will be up for bid this year include two gourmet dinner tickets on the Napa Wine Train, Boise State University has donated two tickets to the BSU versus UNR, the University of Nevada Reno has donated four tickets to their game against San Jose. The event will be at the Convention Center with a catered dinner and a DJ. All proceeds will benefit victims and survivors in Humboldt County. Tickets will be $30 per person, $60 for a couple, and $300 for a table of eight and will go on sale around the end of September.
Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services was officially founded in 2003 by a group of concerned citizens. After Federal recognition of the non-profit in 2003 the organization has grown every year. It is one of the few Nevada non-profits that has received perfect scores during grant, State, and National audits and has served as a model for other programs. An average of 300 people benefit from WDVS every year. Since Winnemucca sits on the nexus of two major travel lanes, and Las Vegas is the hub of Human Trafficking, WDVS has recently expanded it’s role to include victims of trafficking, as well as sexual and domestic violence. The WDVS is currently trying to discover methods to help with housing needs to help people who need assistance leaving a bad situation. WDVS is also one of the few shelters on the west coast that accept and house males.
The summer season is the busiest time of year for the WDVS. More people need help while the weather is hot, when people are socializing and interacting more. When people come to WDVS people recognize that there is a problem, even though they may not be ready to leave. It is when fights escalate from disagreements to tearing down of a person’s emotional and mental well-being. These people are seeking a way “out”, some are ready to leave then. Openlander states, “We do not force anybody to do anything they are not comfortable with, they have to come to us and let us know what they want to do and we help them find the resources they are ready for.” Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services is ready to help, the offices at 50 Melarkey Street are open Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, or call (775) 625-1313. The “hotline” is open 24 hours a day, (775) 421-1028.