To keep everyone safe while still supporting some of the area’s neediest residents, the annual We Help. We Heal. We Hope. fundraiser for Safe Passage will move to a virtual format this year with an online auction.

The event, a major fundraiser for the domestic and sexual violence nonprofit, typically kicks off the giving season in December and is a sold out affair with a raffles, decorated tabletops and inspirational programming. In keeping with the eight-year holiday tradition, the theme this year, A Tradition of Hope, was chosen to acknowledge that even during a global pandemic, Safe Passage continues to provide life-transforming help and hope for those living with domestic and sexual violence. Although a different format, the event will include a silent auction, raffle and opportunities to donate. There is no fee to register on the auction site:

There will be more than 60 items to bid on, from pool parties and private catered dinners, to holiday décor and home improvement services and gift certificates for activities in the Tri-state — all donated by generous individuals connected to the community and in support of the help, healing, hope mission of Safe Passage. There’s also a raffle ($5 a chance) with three items to possibly win including a new 50-inch TV, a professionally designed Christmas tree and a Nambe 13-piece Nativity set with wood storage box..

All proceeds from the event will go toward helping transform the lives of domestic and sexual violence victims and children traditionally served in the six county district. Most auction and raffle items will be on display at the Batesville public library through Dec. 5, with pick up from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 5. (unless other arrangements have been made). The Lawrenceburg Library will also feature a raffle item to generate interest.

“Beside the health factor, the other benefit of being virtual is there’s no limit to how many people can attend, and from wherever. Our work covers six counties so this format may be more convenient for others in the 1500 square mile district to support us,” said Mary Mattingly, Community Outreach Director.. She encouraged others to share the link; it’s easy to access by mobile or computer, and there is no fee to register.

The auction will culminate at 11 a.m. on Dec. 5 on Facebook Live with emcee Matt Wessel, who is also the board president. (; you don’t have to have a Facebook account to join). At that time, the raffle winners will be announced, supporters recognized and auction activity highlighted.

A video message about the work of Safe Passage will debut on the auction site website and social media. Opportunities to donate and support the work of Safe Passage will be accessible online throughout the auction site and the month of December. Links to the virtual event and auction are also available at www.safepa