Polly’s Place schedules bicycle ride, fashion show fundraisersPublished 12:05am Thursday, August 11, 2011
Polly’s Place, a home and healing center for abused women and children, has scheduled four major functions from September through November. These include a volunteer project and repair day Sept. 18; a bicycle fundraiser Oct. 2; and a silent auction and fashion show fundraiser Nov. 6.
Polly’s Place also will observe “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in October, featuring public education and other events.
Volunteers will work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 to prepare for the arrival of several families at Polly’s Place. Supplies, tools, food and drink will be provided.
The first annual “Pedal for Polly’s Place” will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2. The rain date is Oct. 9. The starting point will be Garden Hill Farms, 14643 Rangeline Rd., Buchanan. The course is a 20-mile loop, or a ride of approximately 45 minutes. This will be a noncompetitive ride along the scenic St. Joseph River and the Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve. There will be several turn around points along the course. Water and first aid stations will be available. Registration is $25 per person, with a special family rate, explained on the application. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Polly’s Place.
There will be a celebration following the ride at the starting point, featuring food and prize drawings. Registration forms may be obtained by visiting local bicycle shops and other businesses. Contact the center at (269) 687-9822 for more information or to register. To register online, go to www.pollysplaceniles.org.
The Bell Building in downtown Niles is the site of the first annual silent auction, followed by a fashion show Nov. 6. This event kicks off at 3 p.m. Local clothing stores and amateur models are participating, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Polly’s Place.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Polly’s Place at (269) 687-9822.
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