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El Chico hosts Teen Dating Violence Awareness date night

Contributing Reporter

Published: Monday, February 10, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 23:02

It’s Valentine’s time and February is the month for love, gifts and dating violence awareness.

Huntsville’s Sexual Assault and Abuse Free Environment (SAAFE House) has teamed with the new owners of El Chico, Eliza Long and Mari Lou Velasco, to support Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with their “Special Date Night at El Chico” Wednesday.

In an effort to raise awareness of dating violence and to educate couples about the issue, portions of the proceeds from the event will go to the SAAFE House.

SAAFE House’s Brandy Gonzalez said dating violence awareness is important and she wants her clients to recognize what violence is, whether it is verbal or physical, and to show them the right way people should be treated.

“SAAFE House is all about helping the clients of domestic violence and sexual assaults,” event coordinator Brandy Gonzalez said.

Long said that the event is available for men and women and hopes to reel in 200 participants.

“I think not only for females, but for both sides, it is important because there are a lot of young females that go out there with social media now that they don’t know the guys they’re dating,” she said.

Long said she is hoping to prove that small businesses can make a difference in the community. 

According to the press release for the event, students can enjoy the night with the lessons that teach young men and women what healthy relationships look like and try to rebuild the lives of those who have been negatively affected by a significant other.

There will be live keyboard and vocals by Wayne Johnson with food, drinks and a chance to win a Valentine’s sweetheart basket.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

To register online visit

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