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June 20, 2013

Crisis center to celebrate 30th anniversary with dance party

NEWBURYPORT — The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is hosting a Dance Party Celebration tomorrow at Mission Oak Grill’s Steeple Hall from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The party is intended to celebrate the center’s 30 years of service to the community. This celebration will be the final event of the center’s year-long commemoration of its 30th anniversary awareness and education campaign, funded by the Institution for Savings.

Over the last three decades, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center has celebrated many milestones and accomplishments. What began as a handful of volunteers in the basement of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in 1982 has evolved into a $2 million nonprofit agency, staffed by 24 professionals and dozens of trained volunteers who locally serve more than 1,400 clients each year — providing all of our services to our clients at no cost because we cannot allow a person’s ability to pay to ever become a barrier to victims of domestic violence.

“The 30th anniversary of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center provides an opportunity to thank our local community supporters and volunteers; it is you that makes our progress possible. We are looking forward to raising a toast to the center, celebrating with friends and honoring the strength and resilience of those we serve,” said Suzanne Dubus, CEO, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, in a statement.

“It starts its fourth decade with a request from the Obama Administration to play a lead role in the national conversation about domestic violence homicide prevention by sharing what we know with our peers. The end result will be a significant number of lives saved in our community, in our state and in our country.”

The center is committed to ending family violence in the community and to do this, the center will expand its youth prevention programs. The center will continue to provide its healthy relationship workshops, further develop its Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area program and pilot its new boys’ education program.

The 30th anniversary celebration will include cocktails, hors d’ouevres and dancing. There will be a limited live auction and raffle. Reservations to attend the event are $75 per person. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available as well as opportunities to purchase a “year” of the center. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org or by contacting Kelly Majewski at 978-465-0999 or kmajewski@jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org.

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