By Jessica Isaacs | [email protected]
Get your tickets and grab your dancing shoes! The 13th annual Midnight at the OASIS benefit is back on Friday, May 6 at Blowing Rock’s Meadowbrook Inn, and every penny raised will help provide life-changing services for local people.
This can’t-miss event of the season will directly support OASIS, a private local nonprofit serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the High Country.
OASIS, “Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter,” works to provide help for victims of interpersonal violence and promote healthy relationships in the community. It provides services including secure emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, short-term crisis counseling, referrals to local resources, support groups, medical advocacy, judicial systems advocacy and more.
“Each year, all the funds raised from Midnight at the OASIS go to support our free confidential shelter. It’s even more important now because the shelters in Avery and Ashe counties have closed,” said OASIS Executive Director Jennifer Herman. “There has been a reduction in shelter beds by about 2/3 in the region, so this event and our shelter are more important than ever.”
Hundreds of folks from across the area will hit the dance floor at Meadowbrook on May 6 to help raise money for the emergency shelter. The festivities will take place from 7-11 p.m. that night and will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and live music from the Asheville-based band Laditude at just $35 per person.
“This event is a way for people who support us, for survivors and for the community as a whole to come together as one and recognize that these issues exist here. We don’t tolerate violence, and we are all actively working to break that cycle for future families,” Herman said. “About 100 women and their children utilize our emergency shelter every year. The theme of the event represents a haven where people can come together — a safe place to find shelter.”
The event will be here before you know it, so don’t waste time! Get your tickets online today at oasisinc.org or by calling 828-264-1532.
Meadowbrook Inn is located at 711 Main St. in Blowing Rock.
To learn more about OASIS and its services, check out oasisinc.org.