LAYTON -- The goal of the 15th annual Evergreens and Christmas Things is to raise $125,000 to help the many Davis County victims of domestic abuse who receive services from Safe Harbor Crisis Center.
The two-day event, which began Monday and continues today, is at the Davis Conference Center, 1615 N. 700 West.
A visit from Santa Claus and some activities for children were scheduled for Monday's family night.
Today's activities include a live auction of 20 pre-decorated Christmas trees and a silent auction of 300 to 400 donated gift items, with all proceeds to benefit the crisis center, said Kay Card, shelter executive director.
A $50-per-plate dinner will also be held at 6:30 p.m. For dinner reservations, call 801-292-3801.
The festival is the annual fundraiser for the crisis center, which in 2010 provided lodging for about 750 victims of abuse, and support services to another 200 rape and sexual assault victims, Card said.
Those statistics do not include the many victims served by the center's different community outreach programs, she said.
"We do have (domestic abuse), even here in Davis County," Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn said. "Our citizens are not immune from it."
Millburn said Safe Harbor Crisis Center plays a vital role in the community by serving victims of domestic abuse, and the Evergreens festival is its big fundraiser for the year.
Card hopes the festival will raise $125,000, which would be $15,000 more than the event took in last year.
In 2007, the annual festival captured $147,000 in proceeds, a record high, she said.
Card said she suspects the proceeds collected in 2010 were down from that number because of the recent economy.