INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (October 1, 2014) – Tahoe SAFE Alliance announces Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto as the guest speaker and Special Honoree at its annual fundraiser on November 8th, 2014 at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada. The Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival raises money for programs that support survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and child abuse in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee community.
“We have had the privilege of working closely with General Masto on the Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Fatality Review Team”, said Karen Carey, Executive Director at Tahoe SAFE Alliance. “We will honor General Masto for her years of hard work and dedication, and for strengthening state laws to prevent violence against women and protect children from sexual predators.”
During her seven year term as Nevada Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto has made the prevention of domestic violence a priority. She advocated for statewide domestic violence policy and legislation, increased public awareness of the magnitude and seriousness of domestic violence and sexual assault, advocated for appropriate changes in law enforcement procedures, and increased access to legal and medical services to survivors in need.
“Domestic violence exists in every community in every state and Nevada leads the nation, per capita, in domestic violence murders. Agencies like Tahoe SAFE Alliance are important to ensure that victims receive safety, support, education and other services that allow them to succeed in living happy, healthy, violence free lives,” said General Masto.
Domestic violence is a crime that will affect 1 in 4 women in their lifetime. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year. Last year, Tahoe SAFE Alliance provided services and support to 787 survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Of this, 425 were survivors of violence and abuse who received services such as safe housing, counseling and support, filing Emergency Protective and Temporary Restraining Orders, and assistance with divorce and child custody issues. Furthermore, Tahoe SAFE Alliance works hard every single day to create a violence free culture by educating school children, local businesses, and community members on violence prevention, safety, and healthy relationships.
The 26th Annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival will be held November 8, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Grand Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now and are $125 in advance and $150 at the door. Tables of 10 are available for $1,250. Ticket sales, sponsorship, and event information are available at www.tahoechocolatefestival.org or by calling 775-298-0010.
About Tahoe SAFE Alliance
Tahoe SAFE Alliance, a non-profit organization, has provided direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse since 1985. Tahoe SAFE Alliance is currently the only agency providing assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region of California and Nevada. The agency believes that every person has the right to live a life free of violence and works to empower victims in reclaiming those rights by providing safety, advocacy, support, and education.