Dollhouse fundraiser continues helping abused children 16 years later

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The dollhouse fundraiser.

The Utah County Children’s Justice Center has a silent auction of dollhouses to raise money for the center. (Photo courtesy Utah County Children’s Justice Center)

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If you go…

When:
Dinner: Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.
Mad Hatter Tea Party: Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.
Boutique: Oct. 9 from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Provo Marriott Hotel
Cost: $100 for dinner; $10 for tea party; FREE to shop at boutique
Site: cjcfriends.com

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There are nearly 2,000 cases of child abuse reported in Utah County each year — too much for a place known as “Happy Valley.”

Sixteen years ago the Utah County Children’s Justice Center, an organization that helps physically and sexually abused children, were brainstorming a way to raise money to fund its center and came up with the idea to sell dollhouses, an innocent way to raise money for a heavy issue.

“One of the reasons for having the event is public awareness because a lot of people don’t think it happens in our valley, but it does,” said Barbara Curtis, who has volunteered with the center’s board since before the first fundraiser.

The initial event proved a success, so they continued the dollhouse auction. One year, they were even able to double the size of the center because of the funds they raised with the dollhouse sales and proceeds from the community.

Since that first dollhouse fundraiser, the event has grown beyond a silent auction. Now the Children’s Justice Center hosts a silent auction with an adult dinner, tea party for children and boutique.

“Denim and Diamonds” Dinner

With a live and silent auction, delicious food and great entertainment, the formal “Denim and Diamonds” dinner is perfect event for adults. Plus, attendees get to shop the boutique before it opens. The dinner is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Provo Marriott Hotel. Tickets cost $100 can be purchased here or contact Kathy Curtis at (801) 372-3707.

Mad Hatter Tea Party

The Mad Hatter Tea Party is a tea party for children with the infamous “Alice in Wonderland” character — and it’s not all tea and biscuits. Children are served pink lemonade, cupcakes, fruit and cheese while they are entertained by a magician. There is face painting, a fish pond, paper swords and someone there to teach the kids to joust. The tea party is Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the tea party cost $10 and can be purchase here or contact Cora Barrett at (801) 362-3029.

Boutique

It is completely free to walk around the boutique, but keep in mind that when you purchase items, all of the proceeds go to the Utah County Children’s Justice Center. The items were donated by locals and there will be vendors as well as food trucks. The center is still looking for handmade goods to sell at the boutique, so contact Karen Ferrara at (801) 360-7534 or Barbara Curtis at (801) 362-7692 if you would like to donate some goods.

View Dollhouses

The dollhouses will be on display at the Provo Marriott Hotel (101 W. 100 North in Provo). However, remember there are more than dollhouses there including forts, gas stations and train stations. The dollhouses will be on display on Friday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winners of the silent auction will be announced at the end of the event.

Learn more about the Utah County Children’s Justice Center and event at cjcfriends.com.

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