By: Alexandra Seifried | Category: Rogers County | Issue: November 2017
Last year’s “People’s Choice” winner. It is titled “Rustic Glamour” and was donated by BancFirst.
Safenet Services’ Festival of Trees is returning to Claremore for its thirteenth straight year. The Festival of Trees Auction & Gala is scheduled for Friday, December 1st at 6pm at the Claremore Conference Center. All proceeds from this premier holiday event will benefit Safenet Services, Inc.
“Festival of Trees is our biggest and best event of the year. We are very excited for our theme ‘Home for the Holidays’ and for the great auction items we already have,” said Donna Grabow, Executive Director of Safenet Services. The doors will open at 6pm with the silent auction beginning shortly after 7pm. The live auction is set to be very entertaining this year with J.B. Robison and crew serving as the auctioneer.
“In addition, to our silent and live auction items, we will be auctioning off our beautifully decorated Christmas trees which range from 4ft. to 9ft. and are decorated in themes such as traditional, woodland, retro and elegant,” said Alexandra Seifried, Development Specialist. Trees that are over 5ft. are delivered to your home free of charge the next day. Safenet Services still has tree sponsor opportunities, if you are interested please call Alexandra Seifried at 918-341-1424.
“Unfortunately, we are a service that is desperately needed in our community. What most people don’t know is that one in four women will experience domestic abuse in Oklahoma,” said Grabow. Thankfully, Safenet is here to help the victims of Rogers and Mayes County. In 2016, the agency was able to provide 159 shelter residents 10,680 safe nights, 879 Protective Orders, 304 clients with counseling services, and answer 3,702 calls made to the 24-hour crisis line. “We would not be able to do the good work we do without our incredible team of volunteers,” said Tracey Wallis, Volunteer Coordinator. Last year, Safenet had 256 volunteers who donated 15,962 hours to the agency.
In addition to the auctions, this event includes delicious heavy hors d’oeurves from Hammett House Chef, Bill Biard, as well as wine. Tickets are available for $50 before the event, and $65 at the door.
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