Valentine’s Party and Virtual Auction


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Valentine's Party and Virtual Auction

Valentine’s Party and Virtual Auction

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Last Friday, the Oneida Crisis Center and some volunteers hosted a time-travel version of a Valentine’s Day party at the senior center. For the second year in a row, the event was held as a drive-through for health reasons. As part of their major annual fundraiser, the event was a huge success by cooking and distributing 150 hot meals. The virtual auction, which started on Friday, ended on Tuesday.

Many people participated in the event, including the Crisis Center board and staff, as well as several other contributors. According to Marcia Stocks of the Crisis Center, “It’s a well-oiled machine at this point.” Drivers heading to the senior center to pick up their meals have an average wait time of about five minutes, which is certainly worth it. The meal features roast beef prepared by Stephanie Crowther, along with salad, roast chicken, potatoes from Irongate Smokehouse, rolls from Nancy and Buddy Assai, and Seager White cake dessert provided by the Lee family.

The auction, which started online later in the evening, began bidding immediately. By Tuesday, the items had been heavily bid for. As of Tuesday morning, the total amount raised through the auction was $6,334. Funds raised from the event go directly to Crisis Center clients, rather than any administrative or administrative overhead, and help keep the Center and Carroll Food Pantry running throughout the year. The gala was one of the center’s largest single fundraising events of the year, and Teresa Tubbs positively said “So far so good!”

The Crisis Center also includes a sponge that says “And you don’t even have to do the dishes!” with a box of chocolates printed on it, as well as an ice scoop and meals.

In addition to Crisis Centre staff, board members, volunteers and other helpers, the Crisis Centre is supported by the Seniors Centre, who have not been charged for the use of kitchen facilities for the past two years. Typically, dinner parties include face-to-face dinners and silent auctions. Next year, the center fully plans to return to live events again, possibly including a Valentine’s Day dance.

February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The Crisis Center will be participating in this National Education Month with an information sheet at Mallard High School on the 24th of this month.

April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month, and the Centre will be inviting professional speaker Jessie Funk to address parents, students and anyone else interested in issues related to the increasingly relevant topic of sexual violence in internal and external relationships. Funk holds degrees in psychology and drama, and is working on a PhD in social work. She has been a keynote speaker for 15 years.

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