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Their cup of tea: ending violence

A crowd of 230 people gathered for the Someplace Safe Vintage Tea and Fashion Show on Saturday at Living Waters Church in Alexandria. After a light lunch and, of course, tea, the crowd was treated to a fashion show that featured the vintage fashion trends from decades past. Attendees said they were delighted with the music and impressive show. Amy Chaffins | Echo Press1 / 2
Dozens of tables donned festive décor including a beautiful array of teacups, saucers and place settings.2 / 2

A vintage fashion show coupled with a light lunch and tea made for a delightful afternoon of awareness and fundraising for Someplace Safe.

The third annual Vintage Tea event raised about $9,500 for the organization, according to Susie Trexler, sexual assault advocate at Someplace Safe Douglas County.

"As important as the dollar amount is, the awareness part is critical," Trexler said.

She said many people at the tea told her they didn't realize what Someplace Safe does for the community as a crisis center.

Someplace Safe is a nonprofit organization working to eliminate violence in West Central Minnesota and beyond. The organization's programming currently includes: a 24-hour crisis line; emergency shelter services for women and their children; domestic abuse, sexual assault and general crimes advocacy; parenting time centers for parent-child exchanges and supervised visitation; and a thrift store in Alexandria.

For more information, contact Someplace Safe at (320) 762-1995 or visit

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Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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