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Silent Auction, Evening Fun Planned for Family House Benefit


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Sox tickets, sports memorabilia, an electric log splitter, watercolor paintings and wicker rocking chairs are just a few of the many items guests will have the opportunity to bid on during a silent auction at the June 22, 2012 fundraiser to benefit Family House.

The benefit, which will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Strongbow Inn, 2405 U.S.30, also features a beer tasting, corn hole tournament and tempting Strongbow Inn hors d’oeuvres for an evening of food and fun. All proceeds from this fundraiser will assist with the upkeep and maintenance of the Family House facility, located at 610 Glendale Blvd.

We invite the residents of Northwest Indiana to come and join us for the wonderful evening we have planned and also to learn about the services we provide to families,” Family House Executive Director Amy Hizley-Pittman said.

Family House serves Northwest Indiana families by providing a safe, home-like environment where non-custodial parents can spend supervised time with their children.

The organization also provides supervised transfers when parents may share custody or visitation of children.

Tickets for the benefit are $40 each; two for $75; and 10 for $300. Advance tickets are available by calling 219-464-4160 or visiting the Family House website, www.family-houseinc.org. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Event sponsorships are also still available. Businesses and individuals can obtain sponsorship information by calling 219-464-4160. Sponsors for this benefit already include C.F. Tipton, Inc.; Wheels Unlimited; Memorial Elementary School; North Coast Distributing, Inc.; Duneland 28; Tau Chapter of Delta Theta Tau; and Hoeppner, Wagner and Evans.

Each year, Family House serves more than 600 families, managing some 2,000 supervised visits and 1,000 visitation transfers. Families are directed to Family House through the courts or the Department of Child Services. Family house was established in 1981 by a group of community leaders who recognized a need to strengthen families.

"When a family is struggling with a parent’s poor decisions, often the children suffer most,” said Hizley-Pittman. “Family House is there for these children, providing a safe place to visit with noncustodial parents and an opportunity for these parents to reconstruct their lives.”

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