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Grease and Glamour is back to do some good

When Ashley Johnston created the Grease & Glamour event a few years ago, the Vermilion resident was hoping to increase car sales. Instead the Foster Chevrolet Cadillac Sales and Leasing Consultant ended up increasing awareness.
John Benson
Oct 9, 2012

Want to go?
Grease and Glamour IV
WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10
WHERE: Foster Chevrolet Cadillac, 2504 Hayes Ave., Sandusky
COST: Free, donations of paper products and cleaning supplies welcomed
INFO: facebook.com/fostersandusky 

While the annual, free ladies-night-out-themed event, which this year takes place Oct. 10 at the Sandusky Foster Chevrolet dealership, boasts more than 40 vendors showing off a variety of items, the fundraising aspect – door prizes, raffles, 50/50 drawing, silent auction – of the evening has taken center stage. This year Johnston hopes to raise over $4,000 for Sandusky’s Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter, which offers Erie County a 24-hour hotline and provides women and children with shelter.

“Oh, it’s absolutely growing,” said 2000 Vermilion High School graduate Johnston, who is co-chairperson of the event with Pat Miller. “Especially with things that have happened in this community in recent times with domestic violence, people are finding it important. The shelter serves three counties – Erie, Huron and Ottawa – and is getting more known.”

Safe Harbour’s mission statement is to provide each person with alternatives to family violence in an atmosphere of safety, encouragement and support. It’s recognized as a community resource for individuals seeking relief from domestic violence by providing shelter, counseling, advocacy, support groups and community awareness education.

Also, the timing of the Grease & Glamour event in the autumn isn’t a coincidence.

“Grease & Glamour is very important, especially in October because it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” said Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter Director Linda Mitchell. “The money that is raised from this event is used for the women who come through the shelter or who attend the three weekly support groups. Safe Harbour also provides changing locks, fixing broken windows, bus tickets and anything that a woman and her dependent children might need to insure their safety.”

She added the money is also used to help purchase appliances, window treatments, paint and furniture for the shelter in order to create a home-like atmosphere. When Johnston heard that Safe Harbour was in need of paper products and cleaning supplies, she added a new angle to Grease & Glamour, which is donations of such products will be accepted at the door.

Also, attendees will receive free food, snacks and a goodie bag. This year Johnston has her fingers crossed that attendance could rise above 400 people for the first time. Which brings up an important question: Is this only for ladies?

“It started out as more of a ladies type of event and the last couple of times we’ve had more men come through with their wives,” Johnston said. “It’s geared around women but men are welcome. The more the merrier.”

The free Grease & Glamour IV takes place at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Foster Chevrolet Cadillac, 2504 Hayes Ave., Sandusky.