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Gala supports domestic violence victims

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:58 p.m. CDT
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Kelli Bender (from left) of Wheaton talks with April and Rick Arnold of Lombard at Family Shelter Service's gala fundraiser Friday at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn.
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Spattered by his flying paint, artist Elliott From of Artbeat Live! creates his second speed painting of the evening at Family Shelter Service's gala fundraiser Friday at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn.
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Larry and Sheryl Rutkowski of Wheaton consider a bid in the silent auction at Family Shelter Service's gala fundraiser Friday at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn.
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David and Julia Rose of Hinsdale check on their three winning bids in the silent auction at Family Shelter Service's gala fundraiser Friday in Glen Ellyn. Guests could use their smartphones to bid on items.
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Laura Riedel (right) of Darien looks at items in the silent auction at Family Shelter Service's gala fundraiser Friday at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn.
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Greg DiDomenico, President/CEO of Community Memorial Foundation talks with Family Shelter Service employee Jennifer Gabrenya of Romeoville. Family Shelter Service's gala fundraiser at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn on Friday, April 11, 2014. Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com

GLEN ELLYN – Fine food, drinks, masks and speed painting were all in abundance during the annual Carnevale gala fundraiser for Family Shelter Service, the Wheaton-based domestic violence support nonprofit.

The April 11 fundraiser at The Abbington in Glen Ellyn raised more than $200,000 in donations, raffle sales and sponsorships to help the nonprofit provide shelter, therapy and other resources to survivors of domestic violence as well as education about the topic.

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To read previous Suburban Life coverage of Wheaton-based Family Shelter Service, including a profile on new Executive Director and domestic violence survivor Judie Caribeaux, visit mysuburbanlife.com. For more on the nonprofit, visit familyshelterservice.org.

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