Rodney Porter gets a closer look at a painting along with his wife Patricia as the two look to bid on items in the silent auction Saturday at the 15th annual Hartley House Valentine Extravaganza at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth
By Michelle Seeber
District Judge Ted Hartley applauded Saturday as more than 300 Clovis residents donated dollars and showed support at the Hartley House’s 15th Annual Valentine Extravaganza at Cannon Air Force Base.
Held at The Landing, the event’s silent auction raised more than $9,000.
“My wife would have been proud and thrilled,” Judge Hartley said as tears appeared in his eyes. “I’m very impressed with the event, with the numbers and with the quality of people who are here.”
The Hartley House officially received its name Jan. 7 in honor of Judge Hartley’s wife, Mary Carol, who died of cancer last year after serving on the domestic-violence shelter’s board of directors for several years.
Formerly known as the Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, the Hartley House’s annual fund-raiser pays for a variety of programs designed to help abused women and children in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties.
Local radio personalties Steve Rooney and Jeff McNaughton emceed the event, shared jokes and entertained members of the audience, who ate a dinner of roast beef and baked chicken and placed bids on donated items.
The founder of the Hartley House, Dr. Patricia Walker Naimi, a psychologist, spoke about the shelter she started in 1978 in Portales.
“It shouldn’t have survived,” Naimi said of the early years and the need for dollars. “It did, because it was needed. I remember when the shelter was going to have the electricity and gas shut off, and someone donated money to pay the bills.
“I really appreciate all of you and your support,” Naimi said. “Keep up the good work. Thank you.”
Items auctioned at the event included paintings by local artists, a variety of flower baskets donated by area businesses, quilts and a golf-cart-sized new-fangled car from China.
The Hartley House is a non-profit organization with a board of directors consisting of 19 members.
Its services offer a shelter and civil legal options for people involved in abusive relationships; prevention of abuse in relationships and violence for all individuals; an intervention program in the criminal justice system; and a personal safety plan.
Among many other services, it also provides help to sexually assaulted women and children.
Traci Harris, executive director, said she appreciated “the continued support of the community. Without it, we couldn’t do the jobs we do.”
“I thank Dr. Pat (Naimi),” Harris said. “I worked with her, and it was a great honor. She has a passion to help others. And I thank Judge Hartley for allowing the board to rename the shelter as the Hartley House.”
The official total for dollars raised will be available by mid-week.