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Fund-raiser to benefit those leaving polygamy

ST. GEORGE — A group that helps women and children leaving the polygamist communities of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz., is hosting a country club fund-raiser this weekend.

The HOPE Organization is planning a banquet, dubbed an "Evening of HOPE" on Saturday at the Bloomington Country Club. The event will feature an auction as well as a presentation by an ex-member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church.

The recent trial of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs may bring more interest in Saturday's event, said HOPE director Elaine Tyler.

"We wanted to raise awareness," she said.

A portion of the $75 ticket proceeds will benefit the non-profit HOPE Organization. Information is available at