Hope Alliance Plans Slate of Events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month


Helping sexual assault survivors live their lives free from violence is a constant goal for Hope Alliance, but the local nonprofit is putting extra focus on the issue during the month of April. 

Hope Alliance, a nonprofit serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, is holding a full calendar of events throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise money and awareness for issues surrounding sexual assault. 

For more information on the nonprofit, visit https://hopealliancelc.org/.

Cruzin’ to the Museum 

April 9 at the Lewis County Veterans Memorial Museum; 3 p.m. until dark

Hope Alliance will be the beneficiary of the Veterans Memorial Museum’s first Cruzin’ event of the year. 

The event is open to all individual car owners and car clubs. Each event will have music, a costume theme, prizes and trophies. Donated items will be accepted for a featured charity. 

Hope Alliance has asked for donations of gift cards or items for hospital response backpacks. 

Cruzin’ will be held every second Saturday of the month through October. Each event will benefit a different charity. 

Life Without Violence: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

April 16 at the Centralia High School Tigers Stadium; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Walk a mile to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. “Join us for this opportunity to raise awareness in our community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to sexualized violence,” wrote organizers. Wear teal to show your support. Lewis County Coffee will be serving drinks.

More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/2008429526005009?ref=newsfeed. 

Girls Night Out  

April 23 starting at The Station Coffee Bar & Bistro, 120 S. Tower Ave., Centralia; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Girls Night Out is a retail promotion for shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Centralia that is sponsored by the Centralia Downtown Association. Two dollars from every $5 event program sold will go as a donation to Hope Alliance. Those with the program get a list of participating businesses, enjoy the shop specials and have a chance to win the drawing for one of the downtown business gift baskets. More information will be available at https://www.facebook.com/DowntownCentraliaGirlsNightOut/. Those looking for more details can also call 360-736-4333. 

Hope Alliance '100 Hole Marathon’

April 27 at High Cedars Golf Course in Orting 

Head Golf Professional & PGA Associate Austin Abbott and PGA General Manager Trent Henning will partner with the Pacific Northwest section PGA and embark on a challenge to play 100 holes to benefit Hope Alliance of Lewis County. 

Donations can be made online at https://gofund.me/87569ef7.

“Thank you in advance for your support as we endeavor to play 100 holes before dark on April 27. Both Austin and Trent will be providing updates on the number of holes played, birdies made, and energy drinks consumed throughout the day!” wrote the organizers. 

Vagina Monologues

April 28 and 29; Centralia College; 6:30 p.m. 

Hope Alliance and Centralia College are partnering to deliver their rendition of the Vagina Monologues, an episodic play by Eve Ensler. Presented by the Centralia College student Justice, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) committee. A $5 donation is requested. 


April 30; virtual screening 

The Lewis County American Association of University Women presents its sixth annual LunaFest, a program of short films that empower and inspire. This year’s stories are told from a variety of perspectives that champion women and gender nonconforming individuals, highlighting their aspirations, accomplishments, resilience, strength and connection.

Sign-in starts at 8 a.m. and viewing is available for up to 48 hours. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at https://www.lunafest.org/screenings/virtual-lewis-county-aauw-043022. Proceeds benefit both Hope Alliance and Women Supporting Women scholarships.

Bingo with Benefits 

April 30; McFiler’s, 543 Northwest Pacific Ave., Centralia; 2 p.m. 

A family-friendly drag bingo. “Be sure to get there early to get your bingo cards, grab a seat, and enjoy some delicious food and drinks,” wrote the organizers. 

Two cards/two games: $5; eight games/eight cards: $20. 

Winners choose from prize baskets donated by local businesses. Organizers are also looking to collect gently used or new purses and toiletry items “perfect for any person starting over.” More details will be available at https://www.facebook.com/events/364675835343044.