There was this Parker family: The father lost his job. A couple months later, the wife lost her job. And they had a mortgage to pay. So ultimately they sold their two cars so they could save their home. So then they had to depend on friends for rides to job interviews and to run errands. And then they needed help so they could feed and clothe their kids, as well as help paying utility bills.
“I get emotional,” said Nani Lindig recently, a Douglas Elbert Task Force volunteer who choked up momentarily while relating that family's situation.
The task force was there to help the family, as well as the roughly 15,000 other people per year it helps who need emergency services, said Lindig, coordinator for the Sept. 13 Sassy Soiree, a major annual fundraiser for the task force.
And that's why she hopes people will be interested in attending the fundraiser. She said the task force is one of the few human service organizations in this area. And the task force, among those organizations, is the one that is a kind of a one-stop-shopping help center of emergency services — providing food, housing, short-term help with utilities bills and other services from their Castle Rock headquarters at 1638 Park St.
That's the main reason. The other reason to attend is because the event, the Sassy Soiree, is great fun, she says. There will be auctions, a fashion show, luncheon, clothing and jewelry boutiques. Some items are donated - such as cases of wine from local wine sellers, gift cards and golf excursions. But many of the items are treasures found from the task force's thrift shop that volunteers have put aside for months for this event. Things like mink coats - like the one knee-length coat that sold for $200 at last year's event. And the diamond ring that a man bought for his fiancée for $100.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Douglas County Events Center on the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $45, or $400 for a table of eight. The deadline to buy tickets is Sept. 6.
To buy tickets or get more information, call Kathy at 303-688-1114 at Ext. 14.