Monday, 20 May 2024

LaForge Memorial donates $2,200 to domestic violence shelter

From left, Gloria Flaherty, Kathy Fowler, and Gail and Sheri Salituri met Thursday at the Lake Family Resource Center in Lakeport to present money collected by Inspirations Gallery in 2008 as part of the Barbara LaForge Memorial Fund. Courtesy photo.


LAKEPORT – Lake Family Resource Center's effort to build a domestic violence shelter received another important donation Thursday.

Inspirations Gallery owner Gail Salituri and the gallery's director, Sheri Salituri, presented the center

with a check for $2,200.

This is the first of the LaForge Memorial Fund presentations this year.

The LaForge Memorial was created last year in memory of Gail Salituri's friend, Barbara LaForge, who was violently murdered in October of 2002.

“No woman should be a victim of any sort of abuse,” said Salituri, who gave her support for the effort to work to provide a safe place for abuse victims.

Salituri raffled original artwork, and held silent and live auctions of artwork she created and others donated at her gallery located at 165 N. Main St., Lakeport, to benefit the future home of the domestic violence shelter project.


The Lake County Arts Council joined in to support this cause by inviting Salituri to their Friday Night Flings, where artwork is raffled and sold periodically.

Salituri offered special thanks to local businesswoman Kathy Fowler, who also is a board member for the Lake Family Resource Center.

“Kathy Fowler is always there for me, and with me, during these events to support us in our quest to generate money for the center project,” said Salituri.

She added, “We are just a small business in Lake County, but we hope to serve as an example for reaching out and helping others, and hope our community will join in with us to assist this cause.”

Currently, “Red Hills Road in Fall,” an original oil measuring 24 by 30 inches, is being created for the upcoming Wine and Chocolate event's silent auction.

In addition to this new creation, “Red Hills Road II,” a 24-inch by 30-inch Giclee, will be offered at the event as a raffle item.

Salituri said her next scheduled event will be in March at the First Friday Night Fling at the Lake County Arts Council's Main Street Gallery.

A sneak peak of the new pieces will be on display this weekend in Inspiration Gallery's windows, 165 N. Main St.

For more information about the fund, call the gallery, 263-4366, or visit Salituri's Web site at


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