Last year's event netted $160,000 for the YWCA program, and GNO is now a line item in the nonprofit group's budget. Money raised through the party accounts for 15 percent of the budget, said Debby Weinstein, YWCA executive director.
She said the Resolve program has a "host of needs," from replacing heating and cooling units to replacing a 10-year-old van used to transfer domestic violence victims. In 2012, Resolve served 3,554 people in Kanawha, Clay and Boone counties.
One of those individuals told Jones about her ordeal with domestic violence during her Tuesday tour of the Resolve facilities.
A survivor of domestic violence usually speaks at the Girls Night Out party as a way to raise awareness of the problem. One-third of homicides in West Virginia are related to domestic violence, according to the YWCA.
"When a survivor speaks, 900 women get quiet and they understand what it's like," Weinstein told Jones.
The Crestwood VP said she plans to attend Girls Night Out in August.
The private hangar at Yeager is larger than the Civic Center ballroom, Raines said. Portable generators will be in place to provide air conditioning and "luxurious" portable restrooms will be on site.
The hangar doors will be open to the outside. There will be an area for VIPs, who will be allowed to park on a closed runway. Other ticket holders will park at nearby Northgate and will be shuttled to and from the party.
Raines said tickets are $125 per person; and $175 for a VIP ticket.
"For what you get, it's well worth the price," she said.
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