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Ice Cream SocialMarch 11, 2010.  COPE is Doing it Again!  On April  30, 2010, COPE, the Center of Protective Environment, will once again host the New Mexico State University Alamogordo Jazz Band in the second “Ice Cream Social and Jazz Jamboree.”


From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Gymnasium of the Bethel Baptist Church will be converted into a jazz concert hall and all-you-can-eat ice cream sundaes will be the featured menu item!


Ms. Nacde Bobadillo, Director of the NMSU-A Jazz Band, is slated to provide the entertainment while the audience enjoys the all-you-can-eat ice cream sundaes and participates in the silent auction.  Tickets for the event are $ 7.00 and can be purchased from all board members and are available at the COPE administrative offices at 909 South Florida Avenue, BANK ’34 and Our Country Kitchen.  Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the event.  All proceeds go to help COPE provide the range of services in our community to continue the mission to educate, shelter, counsel and advocate for victims of domestic and relationship violence.


COPE, established in 1980, is a non-profit corporation with a mission to address the problems of family and relationship violence – the least reported crime in the country but the nation’s number one public health problem.


Five years ago COPE kicked off the new shelter building project with the NMSA-A’s jazz band under the direction of Jan King.  The audience enjoyed ice cream sundaes as COPE hosted a live auction to raise money for the new domestic violence shelter.  By popular demand, the event is being recreated to showcase the completion and utilization of the shelter and the wide range of services COPE provides to our community.


COPE averages 200 clients in the shelter each year, many of them children.  COPE answered 563 crisis calls last year.  In all, COPE provided services to more than 1,000 people in 2009.  The numbers of victims needing services continues to grow.  Unfortunately, the available funding is declining.  Kay Gomolak, Executive Director of COPE for the last 11 years, stated that “state funding will more than likely be reduced by almost 20%.  The shortfall needs to be made up somewhere.”  Ms Gomolak continued, “The Alamogordo community has always been extremely supportive. Hosting events such as this ‘Ice Cream Social and Jazz Jamboree’ makes the community aware of our successes and our NEEDS and we’re providing some fun at the same time!”


The Ice Cream Social and Jazz Jamboree promises to be an evening of solid entertainment suitable for the entire family – and who can resist ice cream with every imaginable topping, home-made baked goods and an opportunity to bid on some exceptional silent auction items?


For more information, to purchase tickets or to donate an item for the silent auction, please call Kay Gomolak at 434-3622.