Big things are Happening at Fordem Avenue!
If you’ve driven past the site of our future home, some big things have been happening!
Wisconsin State Journal Highlights Plans for New DAIS Shelter
Did you see the Wisconsin State Journal’s article on the new DAIS shelter in last Sunday’s issue? Check it out here and learn a little bit more about the planning process that went in to designing our future facility.
The Dawning of a New DAIS is Here!
After many months and years of dreaming, talking, planning, working and believing, DAIS was thrilled to break ground for our new facility on July 24th. On a beautiful summer morning, two hundred DAIS friends and supporters gathered at 2102 Fordem Avenue, the future home of DAIS, to celebrate this milestone and finally put a shovel in the ground. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin pointed out that this was the largest crowd he’d ever seen gathered at a groundbreaking ceremony. The Groundbreaking Ceremony featured several speakers who have worked tirelessly and passionately to ensure that victims of domestic violence will have a safe place to go when they need it most.
DAIS Capital Campaign Chair Holly Cremer Berkenstadt began the program by noting that over 1,000 businesses, organizations and individuals from across Dane County have already supported the capital campaign. Holly was followed by Honorary Co-Chairs Boo & Loren Mortenson who spoke about the tremendous need for this new facility. Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi spoke about the far-reaching effects of domestic violence and reinforced the community’s responsibility for ending this issue.
DAIS Executive Director Shannon Barry wrapped up the program by expressing DAIS’ gratitude for the outpouring of support we’ve received from the community, and announced that we’re not quite there yet – DAIS still needs just over $2 million to complete our capital campaign. Next step: a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in the Summer of 2014!
Check out some photos from the event here.
Middleton Art & Framing To Support DAIS Through “Women In Asia” Opening Reception
On May 3rd, Middleton Art & Framing invited community members to view “Women in Asia”, a breathtaking art exhibit that displayed the interesting cultural differences between Asian women as captured by Wisconsin artist Katie Holmes. The evening was a success with many people coming out to enjoy food, drink, music and art on a chilly early May night. Middleton Art & Framing donated 40% of the proceeds from the event to the DAIS Capital Campaign, but their generosity didn’t end there. Owner Marty Smith is offering a coupon for 55% off of any frame, and will donate $10 for every coupon redeemed through June 30th. To learn more about Middleton Art & Framing, please visit their website or Facebook page.
Guests Help Unmask the Issue of Domestic Violence at Masquerade For DAIS
Longtime DAIS Supporter Jacqui Sakowski Celebrates Birthday By Giving to DAIS
Each year, Jacqui Sakowski of Sakowski Consulting celebrates her birthday by giving back to the community. “For many years now I have given gifts to the community on my birthday. I consider it a great gift that I have more resources than I need. I consider it an even greater gift that I recognize my own good fortune, as that recognition brings joy to my life every day,” Jacqui said.
This year, DAIS was honored to be the recipient of Jacqui’s birthday gift. As Jacqui prepared to move from her Madison office, she was inspired by the idea that the furniture could be useful at the new DAIS facility. Jacqui described the motivation behind the donation: ”I’ve been aware for a long time of the tragedy of domestic violence. The new DAIS shelter will send a message to victims of violence that they deserve a better future, and that the community stands with them. Giving the furnishings from my office to this purpose seemed like a great way to ensure that the good energy that has helped me to build my life and business is available to help residents of the shelter build theirs.”
So, on a chilly Tuesday morning last week, volunteers from DAIS were joined by a team from Naviant, Inc.to move a truck full of office furniture from Jacqui’s office to A+ Storage in Sun Prairie. There, thanks to Jacqui’s wonderful generosity, the furniture will await its second life at the new DAIS facility to be used and enjoyed for years to come. We are so appreciative of those like Jacqui, who find ways to include DAIS in their own celebrations and milestones.
The Honor Project Featured on NBC15
On March 11th, Leigh Mills highlighted The Honor Project on NBC15′s 5 PM broadcast. The Honor Project is an opportunity for community members to name one of the 28 bedrooms in the new DAIS shelter “In Honor Of” or “In Memory Of” a loved one. The segment included domestic violence survivor, Sara Cornell, who expressed the important role the DAIS shelter played in her own story of survival. Betty Harris Custer, who will be leading The Honor Project, gave an overview of the imitative.
Watch the segment here.
Read more about The Honor Project.
Masquerade for DAIS
Join us for a night of mystery and intrigue at Masquerade for DAIS and support the dawning of a new DAIS. This fun event will feature live performances, dancing, raffles and more. Tickets are $65 in advance and come with two complimentary drink tickets.
Governor Walker Proposes $560,000 for New DAIS Facility
On February 13, Governor Scott Walker announced he proposed $560,000 to be included in the budget for DAIS’ new facility. This amount represents 10% of the $5.6 million needed for construction costs for the new facility. DAIS is so honored to be included in this proposal, which will go a long way towards helping us reach our campaign goal. To read more about this announcement, check out our media page.
DAIS Capital Campaign Featured in The Northside News
The DAIS Capital Campaign was featured in the February/March issue of the Northside News. The story features several quotes from our Northside neighbors and supporters, including Webcrafters President and CEO Jac Garner. Read the article here.
Elected Officials Host New Year, New DAIS Event to Support DAIS Capital Campaign
‘I loved him so much’: Isthmus Features Survivor Story
Bea Christensen courageously shared her story of surviving abuse in the cover story of the January 17th issue of the Isthmus. The cover story not only shares Bea’s powerful story, but illustrates the need for a new facility to better serve the victims of domestic violence in our community. DAIS is so honored that Bea chose to share her story to raise awareness about the DAIS capital campaign.This heartfelt story has sparked an interest in others to give to the capital campaign. Read the Isthmus article here.
DAIS Celebrates Halfway Mark Milestone
On the eve of the biggest snowstorm of the season, DAIS staff and supporters gathered at Brocach on the Square to celebrate a milestone for the capital campaign: crossing the halfway mark to the campaign goal. DAIS Executive Director Shannon Barry was joined by Campaign Chair Holly Berkenstadt and Honorary Co-Chair Boo Mortenson to thank everyone who has supported the campaign so far, and rally the crowd for a strong finish to the capital campaign.
A Record Breaking Year for the Madison Club Foundation’s Annual Charity Gala
This year, DAIS was pleased to be the beneficiary of the Madison Club Foundation’s Eighth Annual Charity Gala. The theme of the evening was The Dawning of a New DAIS, and the sold-out event featured a silent and live auction, dinner and dancing at the Madison Club. Guests at the gala were given the opportunity to see what the new DAIS facility will look like, and hear about the impact of domestic violence on the Dane County community from DAIS Executive Director, Shannon Barry, and DAIS Capital Campaign Co-Chair Holly Cremer Berkenstadt. We are proud to announce that the gala was a soaring success,surpassing our goal of $100,000 by raising over $120,000, a record amount for the Madison Club Foundation’s Charity Gala. The funds from the gala will go toward naming two bedrooms in the new shelter in honor of the Madison Club Foundation. Our thanks to everyone who helped make this wonderful evening a success, in particular our Go Gala! Team led by the fearless Miriam Block who worked tirelessly to make the event a triumph.
The Dawning of a New DAIS Puzzle Completed!
We wanted to share a photo of the completed Dawning of a New DAIS puzzle. Thank you to DAIS trustee, Helen Burish, for creating this amazing image, and thank you to everyone purchased a piece to support DAIS and the Madison Club Foundation’s Annual Charity Gala! If you want to see the puzzle in person it will be hanging in The Madison Club lobby for the rest of the month.
Temple Beth El’s Food-A-Rama Raises Money for the DAIS Capital Campaign
DAIS was pleased to the first pre-selected beneficiary of Temple Beth El Sisterhood’s Annual Election Day Food-A-Rama. This November 6th, the Temple Beth El Sisterhood packaged delicious corned beef sandwiches and ladled out matzo ball soup to help build hope and provide safety for the victims of domestic violence in their community. Does your faith community want to get involved? Visit our A Light in the Window page for more information.
What do Puzzle Pieces and Jersey Boys Have in Common?
Oh, What a Night! For $100 you can be one of a hundred people entered into a drawing to win two great tickets to Madison’s most talked about show. Two lucky winners will each win a pair of tickets to Jersey Boys at The Overture Center on Saturday, November 24th. Prior to enjoying this critically acclaimed musical, you and your guest will be invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at a reception hosted by UBS Financial Services at the Overture Center. Your $100 will buy a puzzle piece that will be added to the puzzle displayed in The Madison Club’s front lobby. The picture won’t be complete without you. To purchase puzzle pieces, please visit madisonclub.ejoinme.org/puzzle. Questions? Please call Jamie at 608-338-1045.
The Picture Won’t Be Complete Without You
As you may have heard, the Madison Club Foundation’s Charity Gala is already sold out! The good news is that you can still help make this Gala the most successful ever and support DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) from the comfort of home.
Check out the display case just inside the front door of the Club. For a $100 contribution the club will add a puzzle piece in your name to the picture. When all 100 pieces are in place “the dawning of a new DAIS” will be unveiled and you will have become a builder of hope and safety for victims of domestic violence.
Your donation will help the club’s foundation reach the goal of raising $100,000 for two bedrooms in the new DAIS shelter. For more information, please view the flyer on this project. If you’d like to purchase a puzzle piece, please visit the Madison’ Club Foundation’s website.
DAIS Capital Campaign Featured in Neil Heinen’s September 2012 Madison Magazine Editorial
Read Neil Heinen’s editorial, The Hard Stuff, from the September 2012 issue of Madison Magazine.
DAIS Executive Director Shannon Barry and Madison Police Chief Noble Wray on For the Record
This past weekend, our Executive Director, Shannon Barry and Madison Police Chief Noble Wray were featuring on this week’s For the Record with Neil Heinen. Check it out for an in-depth discussion about the need for a new DAIS facility and how domestic violence impacts our community.
DAIS’ Campaign Launch Featured in Northside News
Thank you to Madison’s Northside News for including this in-depth article about the DAIS Capital Campaign launch and our new home on the Northside of Madison. We’re looking forward to being a part of the neighborhood.
Eat for DAIS: July’s Eat for Equity Madison Dinner Raises Over $600 for DAIS Capital Campaign
DAIS was so pleased to be the beneficiary of Eat for Equity Madison‘s July meal, which raised over $600 for our capital campaign! For those who could attend, this was a meal that will not be soon forgotten. Thank you to Marti and Rebecca Ryan for hosting, and to Casey Bilyeu and Stephanie Ricketts for preparing this delicious dinner!
DAIS Selected to be the Beneficiary of the 2012 Madison Club Foundation’s Gala
Save the date! DAIS was selected to be the beneficiary of the eighth annual Madison Club Foundation’s Charity Gala this November 10th. This evening of champagne, dinner and dancing will also feature live music and both live and silent auctions. Tickets are now available for this exciting night.
DAIS Receives a CDBG Grant from Dane County
In October 2011, County Executive Joe Parisi announcedthat the Dane County CDBG Commission had awarded DAIS a $462,579 Public Facilities Grant to cover some of the predevelopment costs of the campaign, including architecture and engineering fees.
DAIS Closes on New Home
In September 2011, DAIS closed on the property at 2102 Fordem Avenue. Formerly a warehouse and small machine repair shop, the building will undergo dramatic changes including renovation of the front half of the existing building and a new two-story addition in the back.Back to top