PAVE’s Sweet Thanks Fundraiser Returns Friday

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County’s only domestic violence shelter has their biggest fundraiser of the year on Friday. PAVE – which stands for Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate – is hosting Sweet Thanks in Beaver Dam. PAVE Executive Director Ashley Welak says all the money raised will be used by the non-profit for programming, staff and keeping the lights on.

Welak says their organization served over 16-hundred victims and survivors last year. That includes over 31-hundred nights of shelter, which is defined as one person using PAVE’s services for one day.

The non-profit has also provided outreach and education to over five-thousand individuals, which includes presentations or prevention education throughout the community and in area schools.

PAVE offers a legal advocate that helps guide victims with court related matters including filing for restraining orders, divorce papers and safety planning. The organization also offers family advocacy to help with case management, gaining independence, finding employment and support groups. PAVE is also adding a second sexual assault victims advocate, thanks to the recent awarding of a state grant.

PAVE’s Sweet Thanks dessert auction, silent auction and dinner will run from 5:30pm to 9pm tomorrow (Friday) at the Chapel of the Archangels in Beaver Dam.

Anyone who needs PAVE’s services should get in touch with the group. PAVE’s crises lines are 800-775-3785 (toll free) and 920-887-3785. They also have a texting hotline which is 920-344-0123. You can also email by visiting