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We’ve Come a Long Way from ‘The Take the Fun Out of Marriage Act’

Yesterday a snowstorm postponed the Saratoga's National  Dance Museum's One Billion Rising event... but nothing can stop the movement to end global  violence against women.Sometimes it seems like we aren't making progress, but in fact in just 30 years we've come from a place where in the US domestic violence was seen as just a lover's spat to a community that recognizes this as a crime an invests in prevention activities so our children and grandchildren may never know what it's like to live in fear at home. 

When Esta Soler lobbied for legislation to end domestic violence, one politician called it the "Take the Fun out of Marriage Act"... really. Listening to Esta decribe our progress in the last 30 years, brings hope that while we've still got so much more work to do, we're on the right path. Her words are inspirational! A few flakes in the Northeast may have interrupted our opportunity to join one billion people rising worldwide to dance and shake up our world to create and end to violence against women, but listening to Esta Soler helped me to connect with the progress we've made and believe that by working together we're on the path to ending relationship and sexual abuse.

Together we will succeed. 

What a Party! Bartenders Ball 2014

It was a night to remember! 725 guests decked out in their finest Roaring 20's attire (check out these stunning looks!) , showing their best moves on the dance floor as Jay Yager and the audiostars kept them dancing right til midnight. Holly and Evan provided a great background vibe in the casino room as the Lions Club's gaming tables provided the chance to be a high roller. 

What a Party! Bartenders Ball 2014

It was a night to remember! 725 guests decked out in their finest Roaring 20's attire (check out these stunning looks!) , showing their best moves on the dance floor as Jay Yager and the audiostars kept them dancing right til midnight. Holly and Evan provided a great background vibe in the casino room as the Lions Club's gaming tables provided the chance to be a high roller. 

Calling All Hoofers, Flappers, and Flyboys


If you’re looking of to paint the town red, the Bartenders’ Ball is the cat’s pajamas. So get yourself dolled up, grab some dough for the gaming tables, and get a wiggle on to reserve  your space for Saratoga’s  swankiestwinter event done up with a Roaring 20’s theme this year. You don’t need to know 1920’s slang (in italics) though to enjoy yourself; the excitement of the Ball transcends the decades.

We’ve got:

Plenty of giggle water(a martini bar and a craft beer bar)

The Audiostarswill keep the music hitting on all sixesall night so you’ll have a swell time on the dancefloor until your dogs start barking

With a spread of enticing  hors d’oeuvres, a full course dinner buffet, chocolate fountain and dessert bar, it’s clear we’re Putting on the Ritz

And risk a few clams at the gaming tables and you might just end up being the Big Cheese

Seriously this event is the Real McCoy,  a great night out  and all proceeds benefit Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services.

Tickets are $60* per person by advance reservation only. Call 583-0280 to reserve your seat today.

*$35 tax deductible

Relationship Abuse- Don’t Ignore it Until Red Flag # 12

Sometimes it's tricky identifying an abusive relationship. Posters about domestic violence make it look easy; the image we all have is an overwrought and terrified woman with a black eye. That's easy to identify. But sometimes the victim is a same sex partner... or a male abused by a female partner. And there are many far more subtle signs that a relationship may be abusive. If you can recognize the early red flags of abuse, it's easier to evaluate your safety and investment in the relationship before the abuse escalates. So would you have noticed these  common early indicators?
 
  • Your partner makes snide jokes at your expense.
  • Your relationship developed very quickly, almost overnight you fell in love.
  • Your partner complains that your sister (mother, brother, best friend) is too pushy or is jealous of   how happy you both are together
  • Your partner calls, texts or just checks in with  you frequently throughout the day
It's good  to know the early signs before they progress to #12, "He (she) threatens to kill  you. "Sometimes a friend can see the red flags earlier than the person in the relationship. If you're concerned  say something.


If you're not sure about whether a relationship may be abusive, call DVRC. We can help you assess what's troubling you.

Bartenders’ Ball- Party til Your Head Hits the Pillow

Dressed to Impress... perhaps in Roaring 20's attire?
Hors d'oeuvres
Dancing
Dining
Gaming
Maybe a splash in the chocolate fountain, martini bar or craft beer bar.
After a few winning rounds at the gaming tables, more dancing as the Audiostars keep you moving until midnight.
Enjoy the party but don't drink and drive...book overnight accommodations  for the Bartenders' Ball



After all that fun who wants to drive home. Some of Saratoga's finest hotels are offering discounted rates to Bartenders' Ball attendees.
Saratoga Hilton (free parking)
Holiday Inn
Gideon Putnam Resort
Courtyard by Mariott
Hampton Inn and Suites
Longfellows
Residence Inn
So book your room and party til your head hits the pillow 

Need more information about the Ball ?

17 Annual Bartenders'' Ball
Saturday, February 8th
Saratoga Springs City Center
6:30 pm -midnight


Live music all night long by the Audiostars
Hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert bar
Gaming tables provided by the Lions Club
Entertainment by Holly and Evan in the gaming room


$60/per person
As always, advance reservations only. The Ball sells out each year so call 583-0280 to reserve your seat today 


All proceeds from the evening benefit Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County.
$35 of each ticket sale is tax deductible









Bartenders’ Ball- Party til Your Head Hits the Pillow

Dressed to Impress... perhaps in Roaring 20's attire?
Hors d'oeuvres
Dancing
Dining
Gaming
Maybe a splash in the chocolate fountain, martini bar or craft beer bar.
After a few winning rounds at the gaming tables, more dancing as the Audiostars keep you moving until midnight.
Enjoy the party but don't drink and drive...book overnight accommodations  for the Bartenders' Ball



After all that fun who wants to drive home. Some of Saratoga's finest hotels are offering discounted rates to Bartenders' Ball attendees.
Saratoga Hilton (free parking)
Holiday Inn
Gideon Putnam Resort
Courtyard by Mariott
Hampton Inn and Suites
Longfellows
Residence Inn
So book your room and party til your head hits the pillow 

Need more information about the Ball ?

17 Annual Bartenders'' Ball
Saturday, February 8th
Saratoga Springs City Center
6:30 pm -midnight


Live music all night long by the Audiostars
Hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert bar
Gaming tables provided by the Lions Club
Entertainment by Holly and Evan in the gaming room


$60/per person
As always, advance reservations only. The Ball sells out each year so call 583-0280 to reserve your seat today 


All proceeds from the evening benefit Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County.
$35 of each ticket sale is tax deductible









And today they met…

 
Today 2 amazing advocates for victims of relationship abuse met each other. 


Loretta Somerville who for nearly 50 yearshas helped victims of abuse, including domestic violence victims, child abuse victims and children ranging in age from infants to teenagers who have been sexually abused.  She started a child advocacy center in Michigan  in the late 1970’s to provide support and assistance to children who were victims of child abuse or sexual abuse. Years later she provided leadership locally to the Harriet West Child Advocacy Center at the Saratoga Center for the Family. The do great work there to help children recover. Sadly, these services are needed far more often than most people would imagine. 


After retiring from the Child Advocacy Center, Loretta has been an active volunteer for Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services helping us to increase community awareness. And that's how she met another amazing supporter- Verizon Wireless. Verizon has been a long-term passionate advocate for survivors of relationship abuse, and a generous supporter of DVRC’s programs. The company supports victim assistance services, provides cell phones so victims can feel safe, and promotes community awareness about relationship abuse.


 Today Verizon presented Loretta with their Community Volunteerism Award in recognition for her years’ of dedication to helping children and families.

Wendy DeAgostine, and her staff gave us a tour of an unbelievable new Verizon store at 3 Southside Drive, Clifton Park. Verizon isn’t just about cell phones anymore… this store has the technology to help you with everything from fitness, to finding your lost puppy, to controlling your heating bill… and digital dinosaurs like myself will love that they have a technology guru on site to teach you how to use your new device. Stop in and check out their new store; it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.



17th Annual Bartenders’ Ball

Never been to the Ball? Or have you been many times? Either way you won't want to miss this year's Ball. We've kept everything you love about the Ball and made it even better. How?

While the Audiostars are always a crowd pleaser, we're upping the dancing excitement. The Roaring 20's-Gatsby Era theme promises to be a hit; what  era  better sparks energy and fun on the dance floor? You're sure to see a flapper or two during the evening.


The Lions Club will host a Casino room again, so you may just leave the Ball with more money in your pocket than when you came. And if you missed the music while you were gaming last year, we've got a surprise for you. Holly and Evan will entertain you as you spin the roulette wheel.

Some things haven't changed:
  • the delicious hors d'oeuvres (yes we'll have those colossal shrimp again!)
  • scrumptious dinner buffet
  • martini bar
  • craft beer bar
  • chocolate fountain  and dessert bar .
 
    As always, advance reservations only. The Ball sells out each year so call 583-0280 to reserve your seat today 
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