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points of light TBTNA series of local ‘Take Back the Night’ themed events this March and April will raise funds to benefit The Women's Centre Grey & Bruce, a safe place free of suffering from abuse, harassment and assault, for local women and their children.

The ‘Points of Light’ fundraiser consists of:
● March 26th ‘Art Night’ fundraiser with raffle,
● April 8th to 30th art exhibition and silent auction at downtown Owen Sound Grey Gallery,
● and an evening event April 30th to end the auction and unite community members in promoting freedom from sexual violence.

Take Back the Night is a global movement and series of events that seeks to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all forms of sexual violence.

Events are typically held twice annually, in April and October. April events are themed “Points of Light’ worldwide and are designed to bring communities together to demonstrate their support for survivors of sexual violence.

March 26th Art Night promises a fun, creative night out—with a philanthropic twist

Tickets are on sale now for a special March 26th ‘Art Night’ with local mural artist Billy Goodkat, in which participants will create a ‘Points of Light’ themed painting. Each piece of artwork will become part of the ‘Points of Light’ exhibition and silent auction fundraiser.

Participating painters have the opportunity to win raffle prizes donated by local fundraiser sponsors Sauble Golf & Country Club, Walter’s Falls Inn, Kokoro, Jazzmyn’s, The Curry House, Pro Fan Shop, The Ginger Press, The Bleeding Carrot, Crowns and Fades Barber Shop & Salon, Sail Restaurant, and Sizzlin’ Restaurant. This fundraising Art Night is sponsored by Grey Gallery, Billy Goodkat, and Miranda Miller; proceeds from the $65 early bird (or $75 regular) ticket price are donated to the fundraiser.

Tickets are available at www.billygoodkat.com or by emailing [email protected] Each ticket includes Art Night entry and painting supplies, food and beverage, and three ‘Points of Light’ raffle tickets.

April 8th to 30th ‘Points of Light’ exhibition and silent auction at Grey Gallery

From April 8th to 30th, Grey Gallery at 883 2nd Ave East in downtown Owen Sound will display the ‘Points of Light’ Art Night paintings as a collection available for purchase in a silent auction. Visitors can view the collection as a whole and make bids on individual pieces, with proceeds also benefitting the larger Take Back the Night fundraiser.

Grey Gallery (https://greygallery.ca/) is open Wednesday to Saturday each week from 12pm to 5pm. Visitors will also see the works of talented artist/gallery co-owner John Lachlin and can browse books and artworks curated by co-owner Anne Dondertman, formerly the Director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

April 30th ‘Take Back the Night’ Exhibition Finale Reception at Grey Gallery

Members of the public are invited to Grey Gallery to view the ‘Points of Light’ collection, promote an end to sexual violence, and support The Women’s Centre Grey & Bruce in a casual reception from 6pm-8pm on April 30th.

The reception also marks the closing of the silent auction and all works will be taken home by successful bidders. All supporters and allies are welcome, and there is no cost for entry to the reception.

‘Take Back the Night’ in Support of Safety for Local Women and Their Children

The Women's Centre Grey & Bruce has provided a safe place free of suffering from abuse, harassment and assault, for local women and their children since 1982. Between April 2018 and March 2019, 1,527 women and children sought help from The Women's Centre to escape abuse. Other services include a 24/7 crisis line used by hundreds monthly, safety planning for community members experiencing abuse, Second Stage Housing and counselling support, Family Court Support, and more. A non-profit charitable organization governed by a Board of Directors, it receives funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Grey County Housing, through various donations and fundraising efforts. Community members can make a one-time donation or join The Alliance to support The Women's Centre Grey & Bruce on a monthly subscription basis here.

Find the events on Facebook:
March 26th Art Night (tickets info inside): https://www.facebook.com/events/590853655097172/
Exhibition & April 30th TBTN: https://www.facebook.com/events/802587590257559/

source: media release

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