Fundraiser to benefit abuse shelter

R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County will host a fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. July 29 at the home of prominent Highlands and Houston interior designer Tony Raffa and his partner Scott Allbee.

R.E.A.C.H. provides counseling, shelter, and life-skills training for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. They have presented programs in Macon County’s schools on anti-bullying and rape prevention.

The gala event will feature cocktails and a live auction (courtesy of Steve Day of radio station WHLC) and silent auction.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with an open bar and heavy hors d’ oeuvres. The silent auction items will be displayed on a large dining porch overlooking a waterfall that cascades into a koi pond. The live auction will be downstairs in the multi-level theater.

A few of the auction items are a fresco by Kathleen Macone; design consultation services by Raffa; a raised veggie garden by Tom Tracy and Brian Stiehler; a painting by Atlanta artist Mary Lou Carpenter-Bilbro; private wine tours and tastings in Napa and Sonoma; gift certificates for massages by Aery Chiropractic; a cocktail buffet for 18 in your home; necklaces from Drake’s Diamond Gallery; tickets for Highlands Playhouse; Landscape design services by Deborah Berlin; a painting of a Buck Creek farmhouse by Sarah Sneeden; a gourmet five-course dinner by Barbara Werder and Virginia Parrott; and dinner for six at Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro, among many other items.

Cost is $75 per person, and space is limited to 140 people.

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