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Midnight at the OASIS May 4

By Anna Oakes (anna.oakes@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Apr. 26, 2012 | Modified: May. 5, 2012
Midnight at the OASIS May 4


The work of OASIS, the domestic violence and sexual abuse crisis agency in Watauga County, can be somber and serious.

But, after 34 years, the agency also has many stories of survival and success, and that’s certainly cause for celebration.

The ninth annual Midnight at the OASIS, an evening of music, hors d’oeuvres and dancing, takes place at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock on Friday, May 4, from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person.

“Our mission is really to create a community free of violence,” said Rebecca Gummere, associate director of OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter). “We think that’s worth celebrating. We deal with a lot of serious and sad situations, personal tragedies, and the idea is to know that that’s not where we all have to stay.”

Performing at the annual fundraiser will once again be Laditude, an Asheville-based band that performs a variety of jazz, folk, R&B and soul, from Top 40 hits to beach music to Motown.

“They’re a great dance band … real high energy,” Gummere said.

Also performing will be belly dance troupe Lost Jewels of the Ghawazee, and the event features a cash bar.

This year, Midnight at the OASIS will feature an exhibition of expressive art from the OASIS support group. While the agency works hard to ensure that information about clients remains confidential, this helps personalize the organization’s mission, Gummere noted.

“It helps put human faces on what we do,” she said. “You can see the visible signs of hope and healing.”

In addition to operating an emergency shelter for women and children, OASIS offers crisis counseling, safety planning, referrals to community resources, case management, support groups, legal advocacy, medical advocacy and educational programs.

Midnight at the OASIS is the agency’s largest annual fundraiser. While the organization’s shelter is completely paid off and staff salaries are funded through grants, proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to survivor services, whether to fund a bus ticket to get out of town, a gas card or uniforms needed for employment.

“The proceeds that we get really are going directly to support people,” Gummere said.

And, thanks to underwriting from sponsors, all proceeds from the event will benefit the survivors of OASIS.

Tickets are available at the OASIS office, located at 225 Birch Street, Suite 4, in Boone, or online at http://www.oasisinc.org. Tickets, if available, will also be sold at the door. For more information about the event or OASIS services, call (828) 264-1532.

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