The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma’s Casino Night rocked the Ardmore Convention Center to new heights Friday night thanks to the generous support of the community.
More than $45,000 was raised to help fund the organization’s services at the event.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came out in support of the Family Shelter!” said Kathy Manning, director. “We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our community. We are incredibly thankful.”
One employee said it was one of the most successful events the Shelter has had.
“I’ve been coming to these for five years,” said DeeDee Hunter. “Kathy (Manning) worked really hard and it shows.”
Guests at the event raved about the food and the atmosphere in the packed convention center.
While the night focused on fun, the Shelter continually needs the support of the community to be successful. “The best way to get involved is to attend the events we have throughout the year,” said Manning. “We generally try to focus our events around our awareness months.”
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Shelter will be holding a training for law enforcement, mental health professionals and the community called Healthy Lifestyles. The training will focus on how to recognize sexual assault and how to help survivors through a difficult time.
Other ways the community can help, Manning said, is knowing the crisis line number, whether for their own use or to offer to others in their time of need. The Shelter offers services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking including counseling and resource referrals. The Shelter also accepts donations throughout the year.
Preorder sales for awareness t-shirts are ongoing this week as well. The grey shirts have the Shelter’s crisis line information on the back. Payment of $22 can be made at the administrative office at 402 Pawnee in Ardmore.
Those who wish to volunteer can call the admin office at (580) 226-3750.
The crisis line can be reached at (580) 226-6424.