Run for Roses supports local domestic violence services


It’s time to don a festive hat and gallop to the Aldrich Mansion at 836 Warwick Neck Avenue to support the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center (EBC), one of the six member agencies of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

For the fifth consecutive year, EBC will host its Run for the Roses fundraiser in concert with the Kentucky Derby’s 138th Run for the Roses, which will take place May 5.

“This is our biggest annual fundraiser and it’s an unusual event to have a party around in the Northeast,” says EBC Executive Director Judy Earle. “There aren’t too many of them so we thought it would be something special. We want to have some fun and be a part of what’s happening in Kentucky. We’ve gotten quite a following of people who enjoy it.”

The event will feature a live telecast from Kentucky’s Churchill Downs of the Run for the Roses, as well as dinner, raffles, an auction, a DJ, as well as a handful of horses courtesy of Christine Harkins, a supporter of the agency.

Earle said she is particularly excited about some of the raffle and auction items. They include Red Sox tickets, a week stay at a Dominican Republic resort, complete with a chef and cleaning person, a deep sea fishing trip, golf packages, plus designer purses.

“For a $3 ticket, someone could win a $500 raffle basket,” she said. “This year, we have several bags from Prada that will be raffled. They are absolutely gorgeous.”

Mint juleps and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 p.m., with the race beginning at 5:45. Dinner and dancing will follow the race.

When asked if she plans on wearing a big hat to the event, Earle said, “Of course.”

For tickets, at $75 per person, call Joyce Rose at 401-738-9700.

The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center provides comprehensive services to families affected by interpersonal violence. Services provided include an emergency safe home, 24-hour help line, court advocacy, community outreach, support groups, children’s programs, and prevention through public awareness and education. The EBC has the only full-time elder advocate in Rhode Island and its court program serves up to 30 percent of the state.


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