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 CHAIRity Event Raises Funds for Domestic Violence Victims

Victims of domestic violence will receive more counseling and client services from the proceeds raised at the seventh annual CHAIRity event, “Sit a Moment, Stop the Violence,” 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Phoenix Art Museum, Central Avenue and McDowell Road.

Ten creative chairs, designed by graduating students of the Arizona State University College of Design, will be on display and sold through an auction at the event. The scholarship winning chair, “Choices,” as well as three other chairs, “Clarity,” “Patches” and “Resurrected Dreams,” will be sold through a live auction.

The 20 students, who will present their finished chairs, designed and built them in teams of two in one month at a maximum cost of $100 plus donations. Each chair reflects the style of a well-known artist and makes a statement about domestic violence and the role the city of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center plays in supporting domestic violence victims.

The artwork that influenced the students ranges from two- to three-dimensional artists and fashion designers to architects, musicians and poets. Influential individuals include Armani, Gwen Stefani, Georgia O’Keefe and others. Miniature chairs that replicate the larger chairs, also created by the students, also will be sold at the silent auction.

The chairs will be on display on Nov. 3 at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. for a First Friday’s event. The chairs then will be at the Phoenix City Hall atrium, 200 W. Washington St., during business hours from Nov. 6 to 30.

Proceeds from the chair sales and the dinner will benefit the Phoenix Family Advocacy Center that provides comprehensive services to domestic violence and sexual abuse victims and their families in a safe and supportive environment.

“Domestic violence is a major problem in our country and our community. We hope this event will help raise public awareness about its devastating effects not only on the victim but on the family,” said Phoenix City Councilwoman Peggy Bilsten, event honorary chair. “With the funds that are raised, we hope to expand the center’s services. Every home should be a safe home.”

The event presenting sponsor is Southwest Ambulance; the premier sponsors are Arizona Federal Credit Union and BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona. Event sponsors include The Arizona Republic, Arizona Public Service, city of Phoenix Aviation Department, HRD, Phelps Dodge and US Business Interiors.

Tickets are $100 per person and various levels of corporate sponsorship are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 602-534-3072 or visit For information about the Family Advocacy Center, visit

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