Director: Extravaganza bigger, better

CNJ staff

The 16th Annual Hartley House Extravaganza is expected to be “bigger and better than last year,” according to Debra Chavez, program director for The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. The event is at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base.

Last year’s event raised around $10,000. Chavez hopes to exceed that amount with this year’s Extravaganza.

“We sold over 300 tickets last year,” Chavez said, “and this year, we’ve sold about the same, but we’ve gotten better responses from the community on donations than we’ve ever had.”

Chavez said the event raises supplemental funds for maintaining the safe house, and services like crisis intervention, parenting classes, public education and outreach. Funds at the event are raised through an art auction, a quilt auction and silent auction. There will be door prizes and dinner.

Saturday’s occasion will focus on animal abuse in domestic violence.

“Some people don’t realize that it’s not just women and children that get abused in domestic violence, it’s pets, too,” Chavez said. “We’re hoping it will pull some heart strings and make people aware of the different types of domestic abuse.”

The Hartley House services Curry, Roosevelt and Quay Counties and is a non-profit organization funded by grants, United Way, fund-raisers and private donations.