Tanners Orchard raises over $5,000 for Freedom House

Money raised by Tanners Orchard purple pumpkin sales was recently donated to Freedom House. Attending the check presentation are, left to right, Trisha Schafer, Freedom House Outreach Manager; Nedda Simon, Founder; and Jennifer Beaver, Tanners Orchard owner. (Photo contributed)

BUREAU COUNTY - To mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Tanners Orchard sold over 700 specially painted purple pumpkins, raising $5,107 in sales and donations for Freedom House. Jennifer Beaver, Tanners Orchard owner and Freedom House board member, said she was heartened by the overwhelming customer response to this project, adding, “It was so successful that we plan to offer purple pumpkins again next season.”

Nedda Simon, Freedom House’s founder, expressed her appreciation. “On behalf of the clients, volunteers, staff, and board of directors, I am so grateful for this amazing donation to our agency, much needed during this difficult time,” she said.

Freedom House has provided free domestic and sexual violence victim services to residents of Marshall, Stark, Putnam, Bureau, and Henry counties since its founding in 1983.

About Freedom House Inc.

Freedom House, a non-profit 501c3 corporation, is the domestic and sexual violence agency for Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark counties in Illinois. Headquartered in Princeton, with satellite offices in Kewanee and Cambridge, Freedom House employs compassionate and skilled professionals to provide free, confidential, quality services to victims of abuse and their families, including a 24-hour crisis hotline (800-474-6031), emergency shelter, medical and legal advocacy, adult and child counseling, awareness and prevention education, and training for volunteers and professionals. In the past year, Freedom House staff provided needed services to more than 900 victims (and families) of domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information about their services or to make a donation, please call (815) 872-0087 or visit http://www.freedomhouseillinois.org and find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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