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The Women of Montana Tech presented Safe Space with a record donation of $22,000 on Friday, Nov. 17.

The group donated $21,500 in 2016 and $12,000 in 2015.

The donation is from the money raised at the October Purse Strings auction held at the Montana Tech HPER.

“I have to say once again that this community is incredible. It’s true that what tugs in the heartstrings opens the purse strings,” said Vicki Blackketter, head of the Women of Montana Tech. “I would like to thank everyone who gave to this event in order to make a difference to Safe Space so they can continue to help those in need in our community.”

Cathrine Beaunae, the new director of Safe Space, said, “I’m speechless at the generosity of the Women of Montana Tech and the Butte community. I can’t express my gratitude enough.”

Last year, Safe Space, a temporary respite for victims of domestic violence, helped over 550 people and responded on-scene nearly 200 times. Advocates at the shelter answered nearly 2,300 crisis calls. The shelter gave material and financial assistance to 250 people last year. Beaunae said that could be a tank of gas or a bus ticket to another city.

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