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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thirty-seven different vendors, using 52 tables, sat in rows as the community wandered through the 4-H Center Building Sunday afternoon.
The fundraising event, Spring Fling, was held from noon to 4 p.m., to raise money for the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Natalie Lewis, a member of the task force, said the organization was revived in 2009, and that its has regular meetings each month at Parkview Whitley Hospital which includes attorneys, the sheriffâ€™s department, the YMCA, the Lighthouse and the task forceâ€™s board.
â€śSpring Fling is kind of a new thing that we are doing now,â€ť said Lewis. â€śItâ€™s donations only, and we do get some grants from the Whitley Community Foundation,â€ť Lewis said Sunday.
Before the first hour of Spring Fling ended, the event raised $700, and there were still three hours to go.
The money raised from rented tables and donated tickets will be used in August for programs like Girls Embracing Maximum Safety (G.E.M.S.).
â€śThis includes different workshops on internet safety, health and also for self defense for young girls in high school,â€ť said Lewis.
They will also have a program for the boys this year called Man Up.
â€śWe want to teach boys how to have healthy relationships,â€ť said Lewis.
The Task Force just finished doing an educational event, held March 15, for the social workers, firemen, EMS, nurses and the Humane Society.