Categories: Events & Entertainment, Charity & Giving | Issue: November 2019
Festival of Trees Auction and Gala Friday, December 6 Silent Auction 6pm Dinner 6:30pm Golden Ticket Drawn and Live Auction 7:30pm Will Rogers Downs Event Center 20900 S. 4200 Rd. Claremore, OK Tickets on sale now! $50 Advance $65 at the Door bidpal.net/festivaloftrees19 or at Safenet Services
For nearly three decades, Safenet Services, a domestic abuse and sexual assault shelter, has been a safe place for over 3,800 women and children in Rogers and Mayes Counties. Donna Grabow has been with Safenet Services since the beginning in 1990. At that time, there were 12 beds and a crisis line, and she was the only paid staff member. Today, Safenet’s Services have expanded to include a 35-bed domestic abuse shelter, counseling and advocacy, support and parenting groups, protective order assistance, financial empowerment and supervised visitation. In 2018, they provided more than 8,500 safe nights for 186 victims and their families. Safenet is a light in the dark for victimized women in Rogers and Mayes counties, providing services for the healing of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Sylvia Starr is the Sexual Assault Advocate, and she aims to identify victims and survivors of assault and provide them with the support they need to move forward. When the victim is ready to start their healing journey, they start to work on who they are, and help to identify their worth and empower them to know their value. Safenet hosts multiple fundraising events throughout the year including the Festival of Trees, Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, and the Garden Party and Tour. The fundraisers impact the women and children in their shelter in tangible ways. For example, it helps transport a mom to additional job training so she can earn above minimum wage and be financially independent, which is really important for them not to go back to an abusive situation. Any donation stays here in Rogers and Mayes counties, so your financial support helps people right here in their community.