Midnight at the OASIS 2009

Domestic Violence is an issue that really needs increased exposure in our community. Women and men who find themselves in this position need to know there is somewhere to go for help!  OASIS is just that, a place men women and children can go to escape the harsh desert of abuse. From their website:

Founded in 1978, OASIS, Inc. (Opposing Abuse with Services, Information, and Shelter) is dedicated to oasisending domestic violence and sexual assault in Watauga County, North Carolina. OASIS works toward this mission in three ways:

  • Providing comprehensive emergency services, transitional support, and a safe environment for survivors as they explore options for a violence-free life.
  • Providing education and skill development to encourage families in our community to create and maintain healthy peer and intimate partner relationships that are based on respect and equality.
  • Helping to create a community that supports survivors through advocacy and education.

mao-2009Midnight at the OASIS  is a wonderful evening (7th annual!) where speakers share their experience regarding OASIS (usually a volunteer, a survivor, and board member) and attendees spend the rest of the evening in celebration. A band called Laditude will play rocking tunes for dancing, and the chef at Meadowbrook Inn does a great job of providing a variety of delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar and a new addition this year, hourly free belly-dancing lessons in a separate room for those who’ve always wanted to try it out!

They will be raffling off about five nice gift packages and then we’ll also be inviting folks to make donations to the ongoing mission of OASIS – to support survivors and to break the cycle of violence in our community.

Again this year, tickets are $30 per person.  The evening begins at 7pm and lasts until 11pm. Last year. Midnight at the OASIS was sold out, so buy your tickets early. Tickets can be purchased through the OASIS office (264-1532) and also online at the website (www.oasisinc.org) after April 15th..