For the sixth consecutive year, the New York-based clothing design company Eileen Fisher hosted a sale to benefit New Hope for Women, the domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking resource center serving Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties.

The annual benefit began in 2009 after a conversation between Susan Schor, former chief culture officer/facilitating leader of Eileen Fisher, and her Midcoast friend, Marianne Forti. Ily Shofestall, owner of SOMA Pilates & Massage in downtown Rockland, soon became part of the team, and together they’ve worked to expand the event each year. During its six-year span, the sale has generated more than $150,000 for New Hope.

Held at Pascal Hall in Rockport, the invitation-only sale of donated designer items was enhanced with wine from RAYR wine shop of Rockport, and appetizers from Jess’s Market of Rockland. All remaining items were displayed at SOMA, where they were available for sale to the public for an additional week.

All of the $43,007 raised from this year’s event was donated directly to New Hope, where it will be used to help fund educational programs and direct services for those affected by domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. New Hope's services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, walk-in advocacy, support groups, legal services and court advocacy. Also funded are prevention programs including community education, youth education and advocacy, as well as transitional housing, safe homes and a batterer intervention program.

Learn more about New Hope for Women at newhopeforwomen.org or call 800-522-3304.