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A Martini Affair Raises Funds for Safe Passage to Support the Needs of a Growing Community

A Martini Affair

A Martini Affair raises funds for Safe Passage By Jillian Chandler

Safe Passage invites those in the community to join them 5 to 9pm on Wednesday, October 4, at Seasons of Coeur d’Alene for the 11th annual A Martini Affair.

This fun-filled evening will deliver Season’s high-quality food, exceptional service and the signature Safe Passage Martini. “You’ll meet your friends there and see other friends of the community too; a great opportunity to meet community leaders and citizens across our community,” smiles Randee Goodwin, Board member and Development & Outreach Chair for Safe Passage.

In addition to the fabulous food, attendees will be treated to live music while making their way through the Wine Grab, in which wines valued at $25 or greater are wrapped, and guests pay just $10 for their chance to pull a bottle. Bid on incredible items during the silent auction, and raise your paddle during the lively live auction to raise the funds to support the vision of Safe Passage: to create a community free from violence. Just 300 tickets will be sold, so be sure to get yours early. The cost to attend is $75 and increases to $85 on September 15. Tickets are available online at

“You are a hard worker, and you need a little night out on the town! Why not make a difference forever, in the lives of another, by making our community safer!” encourages Leslie Johnson, director of Development & Communications for Safe Passage. “Violence doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anyone. As we work together to learn and raise awareness and ultimately raise funding, we can reach more than just the ⅓ percent of the population that is reporting abuse; this will impact generations to come.”

Serving the five northern counties, which consists of 250,000 residents, Safe Passage is the only agency of its kind in North Idaho and the only confidential, safe shelter between Missoula, Montana, and Spokane, Washington, and north from the Canadian Border to Riggins, Idaho.

“If we didn’t exist, North Idaho would have more police officers die in the line of duty (responding to a domestic abuse call is the largest cause of death on duty), more depression, suicide, murder, higher attendance in the Juvenile Detention Center and the County Jail, crimes against children, increased truancy and school dropouts, increase in drug and alcohol use and addiction, and more generations who demand their own way, responding with violence,” states Leslie.

“As we grow to meet the needs of our community, so will our needs. We are grateful for your support in every way to help us create a community free from violence!”

Safe Passage is located at 850 North Fourth Street in Coeur d'Alene. To find out more about all the incredible work this organization is doing, or to donate to their mission, visit or call 208.664.9303.

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