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Abuse shelter halfway to funding goal for Fordem building

DAIS raises money for new refuge, more space to serve   

A local domestic abuse shelter is less than halfway from its goal to raise $7 million for a new facility on the north side.

According to the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services website, the group has raised $3.8 million thus far, with a remaining $3.2 million to raise through its funding campaign for a planned 56-bed refuge facility at 2102 Fordem Ave. Money has come from private donors, via fundraising events and public grants. On Feb. 13, Gov. Scott Walker said the state budget also will include $560,000 for the shelter's capital campaign.

DAIS, a 36-year-old nonprofit organization offering crisis intervention and prevention programs, said the new facility will continue the services and support the organization provides to the community plus offer enough room to meet the needs of those fleeing violence.

A masquerade fundraiser is planned in late March at the Concourse Hotel in Madison to benefit the facility.

"A new facility means victims' lives get back on track with a strong foundation that helps protect them from homelessness and further violence," the organization said.

Tickets for the March 23 evening event are $65 and include two drink tickets, a dessert bar, hors d'oeuvres, live performances and more.

For more information on the masquerade, call 608-338-1045 or visit DAIS online.

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