Hundreds attend high tea to raise money for Helpmate

Hundreds gathered in Asheville on Thursday to raise money for domestic violence victims. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Hundreds gathered in Asheville on Thursday to raise money for domestic violence victims.

"Scandal" actress and Asheville native, Bellamy Young, sent a video for a Women's High Tea at the Renaissance Hotel to benefit Helpmate.

Young is the honorary chair for the domestic violence non-profit.

A record number of people attended the event on Thursday, which is held every other year as a fundraiser.

"Over the past four years, Buncombe County has seen an amazing amount of change in the way that we respond to and address the issue of domestic violence," April Burgess-Johnson said. "And those changes have really functioned to funnel victims towards Helpmate's services."

They're still adding up the donations, but this year's goal was $100,000.

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