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CASDA celebrates New Year's Eve with music, mask contest

The event is the nonprofit's most important fundraiser.

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"Behind the Mask" (Image courtesy of CASDA)

The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse will host a virtual New Year’s Eve celebration, “Behind the Mask,” from 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 31 over Zoom and via Facebook livestream.

The event will include a silent auction, music by Born Too Late, information and testimonials from survivors and advocates and a virtual mask contest . No tickets are required; the dress code is as comfy or as formal as viewers choose.

Entries for the mask contest are being taken through Dec. 28. To enter, email a photo of yourself wearing the mask to info@casda.org and put “Mask Contest Entry” in the subject line. Categories include couples/groups, kids under age 18, do-it-yourself and overall best mask. Masks will be showcased and winners announced during the gala.

Cocktail and dessert kits created by the Spirit Room and How Sweet It Is are available for preorder through the businesses.

The auction, which includes more than 80 prizes ranging from hotel stays and gift baskets to artwork and sports items, opens Tuesday, Dec. 28, and closes at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Visit the website to view items.

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“Our annual masquerade theme is not just for fun: it also reflects the reality that abuse typically happens behind closed doors, with both abusers and victims presenting a different public face,” said CASDA community engagement coordinator Jill Hinners.

The event is also the nonprofit’s most important fundraiser. CASDA relies on the generosity of the community to sustain its services. This year’s gala fundraising goal is $10,000.

Since 1988, CASDA has provided services to individuals hurt by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse while advocating for a community effort to end violence.

The agency serves Douglas, Ashland and Bayfield counties, as well as the greater Twin Ports. Even with shelter capacity reduced due to the pandemic, the agency has provided refuge for 84 adults and 39 children, and has answered 1,731 phone calls on its 24-hour help line this year.

Visit the CASDA Facebook page or website, casda.org , for more information.

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