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Claddagh Keepers Raises $345 for Domestic Violence Service Center

PALMERTON, MAY 24, 2013: An Eighties Dance Party sponsored by Claddagh Keepers recently raised $320, $25 Wal-Mart Gift Card and various donation items for Domestic Violence Services (DVSC). The 80’s Dance Party was held at the West End Saloon on May 11th to benefit DVSC in Carbon County. Devon Fritz, Counselor/Advocate for DVSC in Carbon County said: “Events like this help bring awareness to domestic violence in Carbon County. We operate offices here and in Luzerne County and provide services to more than 2,000 victims each year. Every donation, monetary and non-monetary really counts.” Eighties Karaoke, a Trivia Contest and music from the popular era were the high light of evening. VIP DJ kept the crowd on their feet as the West End Saloon served up dinner and libations. Although there was not a cover charge for this event, organizers asked patrons for monetary and non-monetary donations to benefit DVSC. Personal hygiene products, baby items, and clothing were some of the items donated. Craig Brophy, event organizer and member, Claddagh Keepers, said the evening was a huge success. “Many of the guests in attendance were un-aware that we have an agency in Carbon County that advocates for victims of domestic violence and all the services they provide.” Claddagh Keepers provides donations of goods, services and monetary donations for various human services organizations and causes that serve Carbon County and surrounding areas. The Domestic Violence Service Center was founded in 1976 and opened the first emergency shelter in Northeast Pennsylvania, established a transitional housing program in 1994, and expanded services to Carbon County in 1999. DVSC provides free and confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic violence. The services include: 24-hour hotlines, counseling, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, court accompaniment for Protection From Abuse orders, information and referral, transitional housing, and professional training programs. DVSC is a non-profit organization with the mission of working toward the elimination of domestic violence. For more information please call 1-800-424-5600 or (570) 823-7312.