Ladies Night Out to benefit Mutual Ground

By on February 8, 2010

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—More than 25 vendors invite potential customers to enjoy an evening of appetizers, wine-tasting, massages and more at the Bliss Creek Golf Club on Thursday, Feb. 11, while contributing to a good cause. According to Sugar Grove resident and Tastefully Simple home-based vendor Audrey Ritchie, a majority of the vendors participating have agreed to contribute a percentage of the evening’s revenues to Mutual Ground, an organization located in Aurora that provides shelter and support to abused women and children.

Ritchie said she hopes to raise at least $1,500 during the free entry evening for Mutual Ground. Last year, Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn cut state funding to domestic violence programs by 10 percent and to sexual abuse programs by 20 percent. The impact to Mutual Ground was a decrease in funding from the state of $90,000 out of $725,000 it receives from the state.

Mutual Ground Executive Director Linda Healy said that in these tough economic times, it is wonderful to see someone from the community take on a fundraising effort of the size and scope that Ritchie is doing.

“We’re excited and pleased,” she said. “She’s really done such a marvelous job, especially with marketing of the event.”

Mutual Ground stats

Mutual Ground provided
more than 20,000 hours of
counseling and almost
12,000 nights of shelter
to more than
1,700 clients in 2009

“Love is in the Air Ladies Night Out”
Bliss Creek Golf Club
Open Range Southwest Grill
1 Golf View Lane, Sugar Grove
Thursday, Feb. 11
5:30-9:30 p.m.
To raise funds for Mutual Ground

For more information:
Call (630) 363-2113 or e-mail


Domestic violence
and sexual abuse statistics

• One-half of all married women in the
United States are physically abused at
some time in their marriage
• A woman is beaten every 10 seconds
• One in 10 teenagers will be involved in a
violent dating relationship before
graduating high school
• Abused women comprise 20 percent of
all women presenting injuries at hospital
emergency rooms
• Battering often occurs during pregnancy
• Domestic violence cuts across all
socioeconomic backgrounds regardless
of race, religion, or level of education
• A woman is raped every five minutes
• One-third of all rapes occur in a
woman’s home
• One-third of Mutual Ground’s sexual
assault program clients are children
between the ages of 3-13
• Only 7 percent of sexually abused
women report a rape, making the actual
number as high as 2 million per year in
the U.S.
Source: Mutual Ground website,