The annual Against Abuse fundraising gala is Saturday in Province.

The 14th annual Seeds of Change Gala will take place Saturday at Province.

The annual Against Abuse Gala will feature a “That ‘70s Gala” theme this year, with all money raised going to operate the nonprofit group’s women’s and children’s shelter.

The gala is Saturday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Province Community Association, 20942 Province Parkway in Maricopa.

“Seeds of Change started as a way to build our women’s and children’s domestic violence shelter,” said Torri Anderson, gala chairperson and board member. “Against Abuse has been an organization since 1981, and we are a private non-profit. We knew there was a need for services here in Maricopa, so we started the gala.”
She said the shelter helps those involved in family dysfunction, child abuse and domestic violence.

“Now the event is going strong and all the funds go towards our operational expenses,” she said.

The Gala sells out every year, according to Anderson. Only 300 total tickets are available for the event.

“We still have a few tickets and, remember, it is a fundraiser. This year it is a 1970s theme. We try to change the theme, so people can go and have fun. It’s a great place to network,” she said.

Partnered with Against Abuse for the gala are headline businesses like Ace Hardware, Ak-Chin and Meritage Homes.

“The local business donors make this event even more incredible,” she said.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of Saturday’s event and are available online at seedsofchangegala.org and are $75 per person. Those coming to the event must have their name on the list to get into the Province gate.

Some people will dress up for the event in the ‘70s theme, but it is not required, according to Anderson.

“We want people to come out and have fun, but we also want people to come out for the cause and understand more about the services that we provide in Maricopa,” she said.

If you need housing, counseling or supportive help to move away from an abuser, call the Against Abuse Hotline at 520-836-0858. They are open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

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