Cadillac Oasis Family Resource Center to Host Survivors Auction in Place of Celebrate Women Event

It’s been a long year for nonprofits, who have not been able to hold their usual fundraising events due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Web OasisThis year would have been the 25th year Oasis Family Resource Center in Cadillac held their Celebrate Women event, and they were disappointed to cancel the event for the second year in a row.

“Last year it was pretty fresh with Covid, so certainly we had to cancel it then,” said Executive Director Amber Herlein. “This year we were really hoping to pull it off, and we were starting to actually plan, and the numbers kind of spiked up again.”

Herlein said the center wants to wait until they can celebrate safely in person.

“It was just something we didn’t feel like we could do safely for our community,” she said. “Even if we did it in person, we didn’t feel like we could really celebrate in the big, exciting way we wanted. And in the same token, we didn’t want to mimic this event online.”

And that means the non-profit has  lost some revenue due from cancelling these fundraising events.

“The community support for us certainly is a huge piece of what we do.” said Herlein. “Financially, it covers pieces of our organization that are necessary to operate to provide a service.”

So they’re taking the basket raffle from the event and turning it into a Survivors Auction, with the baskets auctioned off online.

“We really wanted people to know that the purpose of raising these funds comes directly back to serving survivors,” said Herlein.

It’s an effort to keep the mission of oasis alive while hoping next year they can return to an in person celebration and fundraiser.

“We’re not looking to do this annually or continuously, it’s just this thing and this time that we’re faced with right now and how we can support the mission,” said Herlein.

The auction will be held on June 16. More information will be posted on Oasis Family Resource Center’s Facebook page in the coming weeks.

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