By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Special Interest | Issue: March 2010
(L to R): Joe Perez, City of Claremore, Cole Butler, Tulsa Police Department, Nan Pope, City of Claremore, Scott Walton, Rogers County Sheriff, and Mike Helm, Rogers County Commissioner, sing karaoke at last year’s “Old Bag” Dinner & Auction, benefitting Safenet Services.
Safenet Services is a nonprofit domestic abuse and sexual assault agency that serves Rogers and Mayes Counties. The multitude of services they provide are critical to the well-being of so many in the community. In 2009, Safenet Services provided 3,866 nights of safety to 86 victims of domestic violence, answered 5,447 calls to their Crisis Line, offered counseling and advocacy services to 781 clients, and provided 1,540 citizens with information and resources. Currently, the organization is raising funds to build a much-needed new domestic abuse shelter.
If you want to help out and have a hilarious, fun-filled evening, mark this month’s calendar for “Old Bag.” The 7th annual “Old Bag” Dinner & Auction takes place Friday, March 26, 2010 at 6 p.m. at Northeast Technology Center, 1901 N. Hwy. 88 in Claremore. All proceeds will go toward Safenet’s new shelter.
Susan Wolfenbarger, volunteer coordinator for Safenet Services, says the event is always a fun night full of food, singing – both good and bad – and big laughs. “It’s become a tradition for a lot of people because it’s so much fun. Once you attend “Old Bag,” you’ll be back next year,” she says. “Members of the community dress up as ‘old bags’ and go around the room and fleece for pocket change. This sight in itself is worth the ticket price!” Several “old bags” are already on board to participate, including Rogers County Commissioners Dan DeLozier, Kirt Thacker and Mike Helm, Kenny Delozier, Rice Funeral Home, Bailey Dabeny, Claremore Progress, and Herb McSpaden, Rogers County Youth Services.
After enjoying a delicious dinner, attendees may participate in a live auction featuring a huge variety of items, including gift baskets, gift certificates, gardening items and much more. The fantastic Jim Smith returns as auctioneer.
Perhaps the most entertaining part of the evening is the karaoke, provided by Jerry Ragsdale, Jr. “Last year, people would pay $25 for a person to sing. Then someone else would pay $25 to make them stop!” Susan says with a laugh. “Everyone has such a great attitude about it, and they are willing to embarrass themselves for a wonderful cause.”
Tickets to the “Old Bag” Dinner & Auction are $12. They may be purchased at the Safenet Services office, located at 2235 N. Hwy. 88 in Claremore, or at Pixley Lumber Carpet Dept., 715 W. Will Rogers Blvd. For more information about the fundraiser or Safenet’s services to the community, call (918) 341-1424 or visit www.safenetservices.org.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.