17th Seeds of Change Gala set for Feb. 26

Against Abuse Inc. will host the 17th annual Seeds of Change Gala Feb. 26 at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort Casino.
Tickets and sponsorship information are available at www.seedsofchangegala.org.

The gala supports the organization’s mission to provide services, support, and education to those experiencing the effects of family dysfunction and/or violence.

Torri Anderson, gala chairwoman, says the name “Seeds of Change Gala” came from the history of Maricopa’s agricultural community and the change that planting seeds can make in a field.

“Our hope is that we are planting positive seeds for the future of our community,” she says.

Against Abuse Inc. (AAI), has provided social and behavioral health services in Pinal County since 1981. AAI is a private nonprofit organization that takes a proactive role in providing a family-focused, culturally sensitive continuum of prevention and intervention services to individuals and families in need of services.

With two crisis shelters in Pinal County serving the entire county, the AAI board of directors realized the need and civic responsibility to build a shelter and expand services in the City of Maricopa.

The first Seeds of Change Gala was held in February 2006.

“We were so excited to be able to have the building fund established,” Anderson says. “The agency was fortunate to have received a donation of land to build the shelter, and the Ak-Chin Indian Community generously donated $300,000 toward the building construction. The completion of La Casa de Paz, Maricopa was an exciting phase for Against Abuse Inc.”

More information is available by contacting Anderson at torrilanderson@gmailcom.