The Haven Shelter & Services (Haven) held it annual Shamrock Soiree, Saturday, March 11, at the Warsaw Banquet Hall. The event was filled with revelers adorned with accents of green and glitter—hats, moustaches, and bowties. The buffet dinner of corned beef, fried oysters, cabbage and baked potatoes were the perfect compliment to the Irish drinks and the fiddling from Dr. John Turner, ten-time national Scottish fiddling champion, recording artist composer and educator. His accompanist was keyboardist, Gary Whaley. Together they provided the guests with uplifting, toe-tapping melodies including, a familiar rendition of “Oh Danny Boy,” an Irish favorite. There was an eclectic mix of items on hand for the silent auction and the occasional sound of popping balloons in the “break-the-balloon” secret gift fundraiser.
This is the seventh annual Shamrock Soiree event for the Haven. It is one of their most exciting fundraisers and the second time back at the same venue after it was held in another location 3 years ago. Board Chair, Frank Tetrick said, “he is pleased to see the growth of the Haven and its programs.” “The Haven is more than a shelter, it is a part of what we do,” said Ellen Yackel, Executive Director. The Haven also offers sexual and domestic violence prevention programs targeting youth. The Haven’s biggest challenge, according to Yackel is finding affordable ongoing subsidized housing, rapid rehousing and employment opportunities in the area.
Another upcoming event is its Seventeenth tour of country gardens, “Just Gardens,” in the Northern Neck, Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. This year’s tour will focus on gardens near the Great Wicomico River. . Proceeds from the Haven’s fundraisers support their ongoing efforts in its varied outreach, training and public awareness projects. Call the office at 804-333-1099 for additional information.