Puttin’ on the Ritz at the SafeHouse Denver Hope Gala came naturally to the hundreds of folks who generously support victims and, strive to seek solutions to end domestic violence.

SafeHouse Denver is important. To adults and children who find themselves in a situation with no where to turn, this organization is their safe haven.

Domestic violence is prevalent in America today.  On Saturday, Victoria McVicker, CEO of SafeHouse Denver, noted the recent publicity concerning NFL players in the news. She urged the audience to stop asking, “Why do they stay?” and start asking, “Why does he do that?”

Denver and organizations such as SafeHouse Denver continue to work toward an end to this violence. As it recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, SafeHouse Denver is constant in providing life-saving programs and services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Victims of this abuse have access to emergency shelter, counseling and advocacy services, and outreach programs which provide safety and hope to survivors of domestic violence.

It’s a national shame and a crime against hundreds of thousands of women and children. Fortunately, SafeHouse Denver is well supported throughout our community. It is nationally recognized for its efforts to end these horrendous acts of abuse.

Dayle Cedars, the Emcee for the evening returns each year to show her support for SafeHouse Denver. With children of her own, she knows the importance of supporting the fight against domestic violence.

The tables were filled with nary an empty seat in the elegant Ritz-Carlton ballroom. Victoria McVicker and Carrie Wernecke-Swenson lead the audience in applauding honorees Linda Johnston with the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award and Carol and Paul Rose with the 2014 Susan Noble Community Impact Award. The program included one survivor’s deeply moving story; Adam Kevil kept the auction alive with his fast and clever nudges for more money and, the crowd relaxed to the sweet sounds of the Arvada West High School Vocal Chords.

Safe-House Denver is a vital and important organization in our community. You can show support by learning more about domestic violence and helping to support those who find themselves in this difficult situation. Contact SafeHouse Denver, 1649 Downing Street, Denver 80218. 303-318-9959. www.safehouse-denver.org. 24-Hour Crises & Information Line: 303-318-9989.