PINEDALE – Sublette County has had a Sexual Assault and Family Violence Task Force, or SAFV, since 1983, and for the third year now, golf enthusiasts took part in a tournament to raise money to help raise money for the cause.
Not only were there 85 golfers participating in Saturday’s tournament, but there were 32 business sponsors and 44 separate donations from businesses of products to be auctioned – plus 17 volunteers holding it all together.
“Over 200 individuals or businesses participated in this fundraiser,” said Robin Clover, executive direction of the Sublette County SAFV Task Force.
The golfers said it was heartening to see the community getting behind the effort.
“I didn’t know there were this many volunteers,” said Denise Tegeler, after finishing a round. “This is awesome, that there’s such a big support group out there.”
Clover said it’s important to realize that the sexual assault and family violence takes place everywhere.
“It’s always a problem and not just here in Sublette County. We provide services to an average of 65 clients a year,” Clover said. “It is no worse here than anywhere else. It is a problem nationwide.”
SAFV also does programs that emphasize preventing sexual assault or family violence to reach schools, communities and organizations.
Clover said having a group such as Sublette County SAFV Task Force gives families a place to turn in need.
“Every county in Wyoming has a program like SAFV,” Clover said. “All 23 counties and the Wind River Reservation have a dual family violence/sexual assault program.”