At least one in every three women and one in every four men (in the U.S.) will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime, according to NCADV, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Whether emotional, physical or sexual abuse, financial control or social isolation victimization, domestic violence not only affects the safety and well-being of individuals and families, it impacts communities as a whole because it has no race, religion or socioeconomic boundaries.
Safe Nest, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit organization dedicated solely to domestic violence issues in Southern Nevada. It gives temporary assistance for domestic crisis situations by providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and prevention to empower domestic violence survivors with the skills and courage needed to take back their lives.
This month, the agency is bringing awareness to domestic violence in the Las Vegas Valley with its seventh annual Spring Tea at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, located on the Las Vegas Strip. The event, which helps Safe Nest continue its mission to assist victims and end domestic violence in Southern Nevada, will be held in the resort’s elegant Grand Ballroom on Saturday, May 19, from 1-4 p.m.
Located three floors above the Las Vegas Strip, guests are invited to take in the captivating views through the room’s floor-to-ceiling windows or from its intimate patio, while mixing, mingling, and sipping on afternoon tea and champagne in support of a great cause.
Before entering the ballroom, attendees will be able enjoy some cocktails and bid on extravagant silent auction items, such as entertainment packages, beauty baskets, spa certificates, dining experiences and more.
As guests make their way into the Grand Ballroom, they will be treated to a full afternoon tea service featuring an assortment of delicious teas, cocktails, finger sandwiches, petit fours and other sweet treats.
Throughout the event, emcee and 98.5 KLUC-FM radio personality Chet Buchanan will bring awareness to the issue that affects so many Southern Nevadans and introduce the afternoon’s honorees.
This year, Safe Nest is recognizing three champions of domestic violence awareness: Capt. Sasha Larkin of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and Reed and Judy Alewel of Pinot’s Palette.
Larkin has demonstrated her commitment to Safe Nest and ending domestic violence by becoming instrumental in the launch of Project Safe 417, or PS417, which is named after the code for a domestic violence call. The program brings together the LVMPD and Safe Nest advocates to assist those involved in a violent situation.
LVMPD responds to handle the scene, while Safe Nest advocates are available to educate victims with essential information for relocating to a safe environment. This partnership works to ensure the domestic violence survivor has the safety and necessary tools to move on to a new, safe life.
For the Alewels, first-time business owners who decided to capitalize on the paint and sip trend, opening Pinot’s Palette at The District in Green Valley was a great success, and the duo soon added two additional Las Vegas locations in Boca Park and Town Square.
In an effort to give back to the community that’s supported them, the husband and wife team began the “Paint It Forward” campaign, which offers the children of Safe Nest and other local charities the chance to spend time with their moms and family members in a positive environment. Through art, and by doing something fun together, they find happiness and peace to help them heal.
Safe Nest, established in 1977, started out with only 12 beds and a local 24-hour hotline. Today, the agency serves about 50,000 people every year.
Its programs include a 24-hour confidential shelter and hotline number; 24/7 temporary protection order services; counseling and crisis intervention; additional housing services; individual and group therapy; advocacy; court assistance and prevention education; and employment and life-skills classes. For more information about Safe Nest and its services, call 702.821.2731 or visit the website.
Tickets for The Spring Tea can be purchased in advance, pending availability, on the Safe Nest website. Can’t attend? No worries, instructions on how to participate in the silent auction remotely are also available on the site.