Galentine’s Day party raised $4k for WomenSafe

MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe received financial and moral support on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when Stonecutter Spirits hosted its 2nd Annual Galentine’s Day Party to benefit the organization. Over 175 people attended the evening event, which was held at the Stonecutter Spirits headquarters on Exchange Street. The party was a lively and uplifting way for people to celebrate women while also supporting WomenSafe’s work to eliminate physical, sexual and emotional violence in Addison County.
The concept of Galentine’s Day originated with the television sitcom, “Parks and Recreation,” in which the main character, Leslie Knope, created an unofficial holiday for “ladies celebrating ladies.” Since that episode first aired in 2010, Galentine’s Day has evolved into a cultural touchpoint independent of the show, with national businesses and brands promoting the day each year. In 2018, Sas Stewart, co-owner of Stonecutter Spirits, decided to host a Galentine’s Day party that would serve the dual function of celebrating women while also directing funds to WomenSafe.
THE GALENTINE’S DAY Party held at Stonecutter Spirits on Last Wednesday, Feb. 13, drew a large crowd and brought in more than $4,000 for WomenSafe programs.
Photo/Joey Jones, PhotoSpoke
“Our society wastes a lot of time trying to pit women against other women,” said Stewart. “Galentine’s Day is the perfect flipping of that paradigm. It’s a celebration of female friendship, open support of women-owned businesses, and helps us raise money for WomenSafe, an organization that protects women and families at their most vulnerable moments.”
Partygoers enjoyed cocktails with food and beverages provided by Stonecutter Spirits, Haymaker Bun Company, the Arcadian, Brio Coffee and Savouré. Raffles were held throughout the night, with local businesses donating gifts ranging from Skida hats to Bee’s Wrap packages and gift bags from the Vermont Book Shop. The event also featured a maker market, with goods and services available from several women-owned businesses, including Redhouse, Project Object Vintage, MNT GRL, Reel Vintage, Elmore Mountain Therapeutics, and cards and art by Constance Kent.
All proceeds were donated to support WomenSafe. WomenSafe Executive Director Kerri Duquette-Hoffman spoke at the event, thanking the Addison County community for its support of WomenSafe’s mission and programs. She explained that the funding from last year’s event went towards building transitional housing and that this year’s funds would help WomenSafe expand its prevention work by bringing education programs into every school in the county. “Together we can work towards a future in which domestic and sexual violence does not exist.”
By the end of the night, the Galentines Day Party raised over $4,000 for WomenSafe. Amy Mason, WomenSafe’s Board Chair, said “It’s hard to think of a better way to celebrate women and female friendship than by getting together as neighbors and friends to talk, laugh, and uplift our community together. We are so grateful to Sas and all the businesses who made this event possible, and to everyone who came to support the critical work WomenSafe does in Addison County.”

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