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April 16, 2008 > Indulge for your community

Indulge for your community

By Vidya Pradhan

The acronym SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) has special meaning in Fremont and its neighboring cities. Chances are that the first thing that comes to mind is the shelter for victims of domestic violence. But SAVE, a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1976, is so much more than just a shelter. It provides prevention, intervention and support services which further its core mission of ending the cycle of violence. These services can be in the form of education in the community and workplace, operating a crisis hotline, medical outreach, counseling, support groups and court services.

To help raise funds for these various programs, members and volunteers organize two fundraisers every year. On April 18, the first of this year's events kicks off under the title - Indulgence 2008 - An evening of chocolate, art and wine.

The lobby of the Heritage Bank building in central Fremont is transformed into a cultural Mecca for the evening as flowers and art welcome guests. Wayne and Judy Corrie of Corrie Glass will be back with their unique creations; Artist Simone Archer will display and sell tile work. Other artists will also contribute turning the event into an exhibition of local talent. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will go to SAVE.

"We are making this a fun evening for our guests," says SAVE Development Officer Laura Schulmeister. Raffles, balloon popper prizes and bidding on an incomparable list of silent auction goodies will be available. Included are winery get-a-ways, Clubsport memberships, Disneyland packages and even patrol car ride-alongs. "Our silent auction is one of the best", says Laura with pride.

This is the fifth year of the Indulgence event which has grown tremendously over the years. Nesly Moquette, an avid supporter of SAVE who, until recently worked with Heritage Bank, recalls changing the venue from a local hotel to the lobby of Heritage Bank. "I volunteer every year" she says and although the location has changed, she notes there are still "copious amounts of chocolate." Friends and acquaintances who have been victims of domestic violence have left Nesly with a deep appreciation for the work of SAVE and like organizations.

Indulgence tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. SAVE is also looking for sponsorships; details can be found at

Indulgence - An Evening of Chocolate, Art and Wine
Friday, April 18
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Heritage Bank
3077 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont

Tickets - $45 in advance and $50 at the door

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