The Douglas/Elbert Task Force is poised to “get sassy” in the face of a steadily rising demand for its support services. The task force has set …
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The Douglas/Elbert Task Force is poised to “get sassy” in the
face of a steadily rising demand for its support services. The task
force has set the stage for the annual Sassy Soiree fashion show,
the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization that
provides assistance for families in Douglas and Elbert
With an outreach that offers a food bank, help with utility
bills, clothing and housing expenses, the task force through July
2007 served more than 7,500 clients. About half of the clients are
children, in a trend that reflects an increase from the same time
last year of more than 10 percent, said Kathy D’Amore, task force
And as basic living expenses balloon, those who answer the door
at the task force expect to see the growing need for aid
“Since Jan. 1 of this year we have seen a huge increase in
demand,” D’Amore said. “The majority of it is because of the
mortgage crisis and the increase in cost of gasoline.”
The task force relies on government grants, county support,
private donations and revenue from its thrift store to help meet
the needs of a community considered among the state’s wealthiest.
As residents tighten their belts, task force volunteers have seen
the profile of the average client change, ever so slightly.
While most task force clients were once single mothers, the
organization is now seeing more two-parent families walk through
its doors, D’Amore said. The task force is often the last resort
for families that veil their hardship to the very last dime.
“One of the things I found working here is people don’t believe
we have a problem in Douglas and Elbert County,” D’Amore said.
“We’re one of the richest counties, why would we have a problem? I
personally think it’s because people don’t want [other] people to
As the demand escalates, those who look to the task force for
help with utilities and household expenses should make the decision
sooner, rather than later, in any given month. Available funds are
being depleted more quickly than before, D’Amore said, with
assistance money gone by the seventh day of one recent monthly
cycle, she said.
Volunteers hope the Sassy Soiree paves the way to help meet the
community’s needs, with a fashion show that showcases the thrift
store’s highest-end items. Throughout the year, volunteers at the
task force thrift store set aside the most coveted donations, which
are available for purchase only at the Sassy Soiree Boutique.
Fashion mavens who attend the Sassy Soiree will have the
opportunity to browse the gently-, and in come cases, never-used
items handpicked to be sold at the annual show.
Clothing to be modeled and available for purchase in the Sassy
Soiree Boutique include labels such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein,
Chico's, Liz Claiborne, Coldwater Creek, Jones New York, Jaclyn
Smith, Talbots, Hermes, Burberry, Carole Little and Ralph Lauren.
Also available, for the crowd’s youngest slaves to fashion, are a
number of outfits from Little Miss.
Accessories and shoes include items from Coach, Liz Claiborne,
Luisa D'Orso and Chanel. Attendees can also select from nearly 40
centerpieces designed by Tablescapes by Design, Enchanted Eventz
and Passionate Potters.
The Sassy Soiree auction features more than 200 items including
original art, a mosaic mirror, a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes, an
in-home, full service wine dinner for six, golf certificates, a
South African safari and a vacation in Orlando, Fla.
The Sassy Soiree Fashion Show is Sept.12 at the Douglas County
Events Center at the fairgrounds in Castle Rock. The events center
is at the third left turn, about one mile east of Wilcox Street on
Plum Creek Parkway. Free parking is available.
Advance tickets are $35 per person, including lunch and door
prizes. Ticket purchases will not be available at the door.
Reserved tables for eight are $320 and runway tables are $400.
Sponsor tables range from $999 to $2,499.
For more information or to order tickets, call 303-688-11114 or
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