Safe Harbors hosts annual chili feed, bingo, auction

Bobbi Tippet (left) and Wendy McDaniel, Safe Harbors education coordinator and executive director, unpack a new Bingo set that will be put into service at Saturday's chili feed in Joseph. Elane Dickenson/Chieftain

Staff, volunteers and board members will all serve the public during the annual Safe Harbors Chili Feed and Bingo fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Joseph Community Center.

The event is part of Domestic Awareness Month and will feature the "You Know Me" traveling exhibit of stories, poems, mementos and art from local survivors of domestic violence. The exhibit has already been shown in Wallowa, and this week is in the window of the former Radio Shack on Main Street in Enterprise.

Diners at the annual benefit will this year have a choice of soup, as well as chili. Served in a take-home pottery bowl made by local artists the cost is $15; without the bowl to keep, the cost is $8. The meal includes cornbread, chili toppings, coffee and milk, and pie for an extra $2.

Bingo will begin at 7 p.m., and will cost $1 per card. According to Safe Harbors director Wendy McDaniel, businesses and individuals have continued their annual support of Safe Harbors by donating "many wonderful prizes."

In line to call bingo are Mona K. Williams, Wallowa County District Attorney, and John Lawrence, director of Wallowa County Youth Services.

A silent auction of more donated items is also planned.

The chili feed and bingo night is the main fundraiser of Safe Harbors, which provided emergency housing and other services for 190 adults and 30 children in 2008.

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