Throughout the year, the staff and volunteers of Safenet Services endeavor to provide shelter and encouragement to victims of domestic violence.

This weekend, Safenet’s biggest fundraiser, The Festival of Trees, returns to Claremore for an evening of delicious food and community fun and fundraising. This event will help the shelter in its mission to provide for families recovering from the consequences of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“Our 13th annual Festival of Trees event is this Friday night, and is going to be an incredible event,” said Alexandra Seifried, Development Specialist. “The evening will begin with wonderful hors d’oeuvres from Hammett House and fantastic silent auction items. We have items to decorate your home for Christmas and items you can use all year. Our donors and sponsors have really outdone themselves this year. The trees and auction items are always incredible but I think this year will be one to be remembered for years to come.”

The evening kicks off with hors d ‘oeuvres which include: a roasted turkey carving station, bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, honey-kissed salmon, and drunken shrimp flambé. Hammett House’s Bill Biard always puts a little show in with the food displays.

The highlight of the event is always the Christmas trees. “We have several of our top and favorite designers coming back in Jesse Glover and Andy Willis and new decorators we are really excited about with Heather Miller, Donna Williams, and Lindsay Clyma all from Home Collection” Seifried said. Some of the trees to be auctioned off are: the “Charm of Kris Kringle”, a traditional tree decorated in red and Santas, and the “Outdoor Adventure”, a woodland-themed tree that is the perfect combination of fur, feathers, and bling. Trees over 5 ft. will even be delivered to your house the next morning by the “Safenet Elves.” Alexandra added, “The community support around this event has been remarkable; we are blown away by it and so thankful.”

Event sponsors will include Kay and Win Ingersoll, Nees Reality, Oklahomes, and BKK Communications. The beautiful trees are made possible because of the generosity of: Light of Hope, Grand Bank, Crossbo Construction, Cozy Cottage, Kissee Ford, The District on Main, RCI Insurance, B. Willis, CPA, BancFirst, and Pixley Lumber.

“It’s going to be a lovely event, and our most important fundraiser of the year,” said Donna Grabow, Safenet Executive Director. “We’ve been blessed with this wonderful new facility but it’s operation, maintenance, and the services we provide is a constant cost for us — one, which this fundraiser helps greatly with. We hope everyone comes and joins us for a great evening — but as much fun as the gala and the auction are, it’s all about the people we help.”

Statistics provided by Grabow reinforce the need for Safenet Services in Rogers and Mayes County. In 2016, Safenet helped file 879 protective orders, assisted 2043 clients in safety planning, counseled or provided support to 304 clients, and offered 1766 hours of protective order court assistance, among other services offered. “More than 256 Safenet volunteers completed 15,925 volunteer hours in service to those who turned to Safenet Services for shelter, protection, and hope in 2016,” Grabow said.

Safenet Services’ Festival of Trees Gala and Auction will be 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at the Claremore Conference Center, 1400 W. Country Club Road. Tickets are available at the door for $65 or in advance for $50 from The Cozy Cottage, The District on Main and Safenet Services.

Safenet Services is located at 1219 W. Dupont in Claremore. For more information, contact Safenet at 918-341-1424.

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