Island Dunes Ladies Golf Association raises $8,360 to benefit SaceSpace

52 women gather to support only state-certified domestic violence center serving Treasure Coast

For the third year in a row, the Island Dunes Ladies Golf Association (IDLGA) held a fundraiser to benefit SafeSpace, the only state-certified domestic violence center serving the Treasure Coast.

Fifty-two women gathered on March 16 for “Chip in for SafeSpace,” an event enhanced by a St. Patrick’s Day theme, green decorations and a mimosa cart on the sixth hole.

Island Dunes Ladies Golf Association Event Co-chair Christine Olazagasti, right, presents a check to SafeSpace CEO Teresa Albizu. Information for article provided by Joan Amerling. Photo provided by SafeSpace

The women enjoyed a round of golf, a delicious lunch at Pietro’s on the River, a silent auction, gift bag drawings and a raffle. Sponsorships of holes and donations brought this year’s total contribution to $8,360. Over three years, IDLGA has raised a total of $27,360 for SafeSpace.

Dr. Teresa Albizu, CEO of SafeSpace, expressed appreciation for the ongoing support at the luncheon. She also highlighted some of the many services provided to victims at SafeSpace, including the 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, legal assistance, mental health counseling, financial literacy training, children’s protective services and youth prevention education programs.

“Your support means a lot to SafeSpace,” Albizu said, “because you understand the importance of our work in saving and changing lives here on the Treasure Coast. The pandemic has increased the incidence of domestic violence and our help is needed more than ever.”

The statistics of domestic violence are sobering and this group of women said they were honored to have the opportunity to support an organization that is protecting adult victims and their children from physical and emotional abuse here in our community.

All told, 15 IDLGA members joined together in planning the event, which was led by Co-chairs Ellen Kelly and Christine Olazagasti along with the support of golfer Kathy Cassese.

For more information about SafeSpace, visit www.safespacefl.org or call (772) 223-2399. Help is available 24/7 by calling (772) 288-7023.

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