FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2015
Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391
DPHHS annual fundraiser to benefit the Friendship Center nets nearly $11,000
Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) employees will deliver to the Friendship Center in Helena on Tuesday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. a check for $10,558, in addition to 50 boxes of food and other personal care items.
The donation is from the state agency’s annual holiday fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting the Friendship Center.
The monetary donation, plus several hundred dollars in donated items brings the total donation value to about $11,000. The donated items include bed sheets, pillows, dishes, food, gift cards, laundry supplies, bath towels, and various personal care items.
Friendship Center Executive Director Melinda Reed said the monetary donation will be used to help pay for various emergency shelter and transportation needs that help keep clients safe. “We really appreciate this incredible donation,” Reed said. “There continues to be a tremendous demand for our services in the counties we serve, and this funding will go a long way in helping us meet those needs.”
This year’s fundraiser exceeds last year’s record total, making this year’s amount the highest total since the effort began 23 years ago. Funds are raised each year through craft and bake sales, 50/50 drawings, and silent auctions held at 11 DPHHS office locations throughout Helena in November and December. Donation boxes are also set up in agency offices. The event is coordinated by 25 agency staff.
There were 53 local businesses who donated items to the effort as well.
DPHHS Director Richard Opper said staff look forward to this fundraiser every year, and enjoy giving back to the community. He said the Friendship Center matches the agency’s overall mission of helping Montanans in their time of need. “The DPHHS mission is all about helping Montanans who find themselves in difficult situations,” Director Opper said. “Our staff look forward every year to this event and offering our support.
”The Friendship Center is the only shelter in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater Counties that provides a safe haven and a broad range of support services at no charge for anyone who has suffered domestic violence and sexual abuse. http://thefriendshipcenter.org/what-is-the-friendship-center/
WHAT: DPHHS Friendship Center donation
WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Friendship Center, 1430 Sanders, Helena