Local Citizen Helps Run Online Auction to Benefit Dane County Rape Crisis Center

In a time of economic concern, one group of citizens banded together in response to a series of budget cuts to the Dane County Rape Crisis Center. Among this group is Meg Rothstein, concerned about sustaining Dane County RCC and the beneficial programs and support it provides. With others, Rothstein is letting her voice be heard as part of an organically grown group of advocates.

            After reading about the statewide cuts in aid to Sexual Assault Victims’ Services, Rothstein immediately reached out to a friend with the idea of creating an online auction. Under a short time limit to provide immediate help, Rothstein has been happily surprised with the results she’s seen since the site was built in December. She says it’s all happening “thanks to very generous individuals and businesses in Dane County who have come forward to donate.”

            Rothstein acknowledges that this is an experiment for her group, but has been heartened by the community response, as well as the RCC staff who, according to Rothstein, are “personable, convicted, responsive, gracious and enthusiastic at a time when their future is uncertain.” The RCC provides care to survivors of sexual assault, as well as community outreach on prevention and education. Because of the way she feels they better the Madison community everyday, Rothstein “wants this agency to survive and thrive.”

            Rothstein plans to continue her work and is exploring other ways to help, including launching a Friends group, a used book sale in the fall and perhaps another auction, depending on the success of this one, which has 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to RCC.

            Rothstein believes “sustaining RCC makes for a community of awareness, health, safety and happiness and I have no greater wish for all people in Dane County.”

           The first Dane County Citizen Run Online Auction begins on April 23rd, and will be open for a week at rccspark.org. 100% of winning bids benefit the Dane County Rape Crisis Center.

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