The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma is a nonprofit organization that offers shelter for domestic violence survivors and other services to those who have experienced trauma as a result domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Shelter’s upcoming fundraiser, the annual Casino Night, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 at the Ardmore Convention Center. Al Hamilton will be the emcee for the evening. The goal for the event is to raise awareness for domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The event is casual dress and will have things for non-gamblers and gamblers alike to enjoy throughout the evening. Several table games will be open, including craps, blackjack, Texas hold ‘em and roulette.
Prizes and raffles will be given away throughout the evening, including door prizes. Raffle prizes include a $500 gift certificate to Murray on Main, a Browning T-Bolt 17 HMR Sporter Rifle from Jerry’s Gun Shop, a Henry Rifle from Lone Grove Pawn, a 16-foot gate from Big River Sales, a guided striper fishing trip on Lake Texoma with Travis Harris, and an airboat tour on the Red River thanks to Sam Barrick, a Banger Brothers custom wood or metal sign, a set of Michelin tires and more.  
There will also be a $25 wine pull and a photo booth by local
photographer Chloe Jones. Refreshments will be served, along with wine and beer. Mixed drinks will be available at the cash bar, with donations accepted for bottles and cans.
As a nonprofit, the Shelter is able to offer their services free of charge. They are able to do this through grants and donations from individuals and businesses. They also hold several fundraisers throughout the year.
Financial support allows the addition of new services and the continuance of services that have been offered for many years, like the Support Group for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault survivors, which has met for 15 years, every Tuesday evening. The groups, for adults, older children, and younger children, are held at the administrative office at 402 Pawnee NW from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Those going through a traumatic event, difficult or abusive divorce are welcome to attend for free, and find strength in the support of others going through similar experiences.
Those with questions about services or who are interested in attending this Friday’s event should contact the shelter at (580) 226-3750. You may also contact the shelter to register for casino night and pay the $75 entry fee.