On Friday, May 19, OASIS will be hosting its 14th annual Midnight at the OASIS at the Meadowbrook Inn & Suites in Blowing Rock from 7-11 p.m.
“It’s a really great time,” Kelsi Butler, Director of Community Programs at OASIS, said. “Overall, it’s a fun vibe, really positive, which is just what we need.”
The fundraising event is geared towards raising money to help operate OASIS’s confidential, emergency shelter for victims and families fleeing intimate partner violence. All proceeds go towards this cause to help provide those with the help, support and safety that they need.
Such as there were in past years, there will be numerous hors d’oeuvres that are all Middle-Eastern themed and a full cash bar. Along with this, Latitude, the Asheville-based band, will be returning, so be sure to bring your dancing feet!
“Latitude is really fun and so good to dance to,” Butler said. “So, it’ll be a good time.”
According to Butler, along with a live band, a cash bar and delicious food, there will also be a photo booth and a speaker that will be making an appearance.
“There is going to be a speaker present to talk about their survival of domestic violence,” Butler said, “and their interactions with OASIS as a client.”
This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for OASIS, so it’s important for the community to come out and help them raise money to keep their organization—a much needed organization for communities everywhere—afloat and functioning to its utmost potential.
Last year’s event raised just more than $20,000. As of last Wednesday, May 10, this year’s event has already raised more than $24,000—an uplifting and encouraging fiscal amount reached thanks to corporate sponsors and ticket sales.
“It’s incredibly great. We have officially hit the $25.000 mark which is the most we’ve raised at any of the past Midnight at the OASIS events,” Butler said. “It’s really awesome to know that the community is in support of raising awareness and wanting to support victims of domestic violence.”
Butler stated that its so important to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence and to do everything that we, as a community, can do to support victims and provide them with what they need in times of crisis and healing.
“Domestic and sexual violence does happen in any community,” Butler said. “So, we like to come together every year with community members, community partners and other agencies, and raise awareness of this important and prevalent issue.”
Tickets are $35 and can be bought at the door prior to the event. They accept cash, cards and checks. They can be purchased online today until 5 p.m., but Butler suggests simply buying them at the door to avoid missing the cut off.