Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness

Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness

The community is invited to the fifth annual festive benefit for Rush County Victims Assistance. The RCVA Masquerade Ball (masks provided) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, in the 201 Building on Main Street.

The benefit begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and cash bar. The evening includes a three-course meal, featured speaker Philip J. Caviness, Rush County Prosecutor, and auction with Rusty Harmeyer.

Prosecutor Caviness has extensive legal experience and will bring a local perspective and practical insights regarding domestic violence.

“For 18 years, the mission of RCVA Phoenix House has remained constant: offering a safe crisis shelter to victims of domestic violence, providing support services to victims and educating Rush County citizens about how to end domestic violence in our community,” RCVA Executive Director Barbara Kuhn said.

“The need continues to be great. RCVA services have grown over the years from 31 clients in 2001 to last year’s total of 318 victims and their children, all citizens of Rush County. The effects of abuse not only impact families, but also businesses, schools and churches through work and school absences, violent acts, substance abuse and risky decision-making,” Kuhn said.

RCVA Board President Penny Busald said, “No one should have to hide behind the ‘mask’ of domestic violence, but sadly, many people do, even here in Rush County. Our community’s contribution through this fifth annual RCVA Masquerade Ball Benefit provides needed resources to help local families leave violence behind and begin peaceful, productive, and loving lives.”

Reservations are available for $75/couple and $40/single. Reserving tables of six are available for $250 and tables of eight for $325. Auction items will be shown on facebook.com/ RCVAPhoenixHouse. Please make your reservations by calling 938-1555.

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