By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Saville Center will host its second-annual Be the One awards ceremony and auction April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Conoco Phillips Oklahoma State University Alumni Center.
Executive Director Brandi White said the night is set aside to not only raise funds, but honor community members.
“The Be the One Awards is just where we honor people in our community that we feel like, through a nomination process, have chosen to be the one for kids,” she said. “We know that in the life of a child there is a lot of different influences from within their family, the community and things like that. We’re looking to really highlight and honor those who make those positive influences.”
There will be three different award categories. The direct service award goes to someone who impacts a child or a child’s safety such as law enforcement, social work or a teacher. The community volunteer award goes to those who work with a group to better a child’s life. Finally, the donor award is given to a person associated with the Saville Center, whether a donor or volunteer, who helps the agency.
Last year’s honorees included Stillwater Police Sgt. Jeff Watts, Bob McCracken, Karen Gallagher and Patti Ahrberg.
A silent and live auction will feature items including several OSU football experience packages, a one-hour hitting session with OSU baseball coach Josh Holliday and All-Star MLB player Matt Holliday, a dinner party hosted by Tracy and Ann Caine and more.
White said part of the funds will be used toward the center’s newest program, the Counseling Cottage — a new building on site that will provide trauma-focused mental health services for abuse victims. The other part of the raised funds will be incorporated into the Saville Center’s annual budget for services.
White said the fundraiser accounts for a quarter to a third of the its yearly budget.
Mike and Kristen Gundy will serve as the event’s honorary co-chairs again this year.
“They attend every year and do a welcome and help us in the planning of the event,” she said.
Tickets are $75 and are still available for purchase. Admission includes dinner, free beer and wine and entertainment from a live DJ.
For more information, call 377-5670.