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Polygamous groups raise money for hotline

Polygamous groups raise money for hotline

By Andrew Adams | Posted - Dec. 29, 2010 at 2:27 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A state-run domestic violence hotline that has been struggling under state budget cuts is the beneficiary of a polygamous talent show.

The October event, the brainchild of a committee of the advocacy group Principle Voices, raised $1,800 for the 24-hour "Linkline."

"We have been wanting to in some way to give back to the community, to try and dispel some of the stereotypes that we're always living off welfare and taking from the community, which is not necessarily true at all," Principle Voices co-founder Anne Wilde told KSL Newsradio Wednesday.

About 250 people from several polygamist groups gathered at a private residence.

There were 25 acts, including a five violin group from the same family, a trio of violinists, and a barbershop quartet. Attendees were charged $10 at the door.

Wilde says it traditionally has been rare for people from the various polygamous groups to gather together.

"They were very hesitant to mingle very much with members from the other groups, but I think they can see we have a lot in common," Wilde said. "They can see the need in working together in political things as well as social things."

Wilde says the groups are considering making it a yearly event, because of the success of October's talent show.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

Andrew Adams

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