Bridges event is on tap

NASHUA – Moving into its fourth year, Bridges Domestic & Sexual Violence Support will hold another event to raise funds for the services they provide their clients, titled “LOVE is in the Air.”

On Saturday, from 5:30-11 p.m. at the Sky Meadow Country Club, there will be a dinner, a dance and live and silent auctions that will benefit the work done at Bridges. This year’s event already has sold out.

Last year the organization was able to raise more than $100,000, and officials are looking to beat that figure this year.

“It’s a fabulous event and our board president, who’s an emergency room physician – Dr. Elizabeth Karagosian – has been a superstar,” said Bridges Development Director Pamela Auer, adding that, “She’s been wonderful as far as really supporting the event and leading it to where it is.”

Auer said there’s lots of people in the community who support the event, and that it’s open to anyone but gets sold out quickly, as seen with this upcoming event. However, she said next year’s event date is going to be on Jan. 26, where they’ll yet again be back at it, looking to raise funds.

“The silent auction has many beautiful things people can bid on, and then the live auction includes trips and other amazing things,” Auer said.

Karagosian said the events always have been at Sky Meadow, and this year, they will have close to 150 silent auction items, 10 live auction items as well as raffles throughout the evening. Before moving into the live auction, while people are still working their way around the silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, wine and cocktails will be passed out. Also, she said there’s going to be a professional auctioneer and DJ this year.

“One of the things I think is unique to our event is that we sell three different kinds of balloons, and when you buy one, it becomes a part of the table’s centerpiece,” Karagosian said.

She added that, depending on which balloon is purchased, one may be paired with a prize or be entered to be part of a raffle. She also said there will be a prize awarded to the table with the most balloons. The different balloons include the group’s purple signature balloon, red centerpiece balloons and pink sparkled balloons.

With the purpose of benefiting its clients, all the proceeds go back to Bridges.

Between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016, Bridges provided services to 2,284 victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence and stalking.

For additional information about Bridges Domestic & Sexual Violence Support, visit http://www.bridgesnh.org.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.