Fundraiser brings in nearly $5K | Take the Plunge

Roughly 30 people jumped into Lake Tapps during the Exodus Housing’s fourth annual Take the Plunge Against Domestic Violence event on Oct. 26.

Exodus Housing raised nearly $5,000, MaddisonRosenberg said, Americorp Vista Outreach and Development assistant.

The money raised goes toward helping families affected by domestic violence. Exodus Housing helps roughly 42 families at a time and has helped 63 in 2013 so far, Rosenberg said.

When a family flees from a domestic violent situation, the first challenge is to find housing. Exodus Housing helps them in that process and once they have found somewhere to live, they then help those families buy essentials specific to each individual families’ needs in order to move forward.

In total 50 people attended the event, she said.

Among those was Bonney Lake Police Chief Dana Powers.

Powers sent up a website to collect donations from family and friends. Her efforts raised $1,431, Rosenberg said.

A nice moment during the plunge, she said, was when Chief Powers jumped into the lake holding a popsicle stick with a photo of every person who donated to her website but couldn’t attend.

“Everyone was able to take the plunge with her,” Rosenberg said.