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Center for Survivors’ Summer Sizzle exceeds expectations

June 12, 2018

Center for Survivors’ annual Summer Sizzle propelled the organization to a good financial start this year.

CFS Executive Director Lia Grant said nonprofit organizations rely on grants for funding but are oftentimes insufficient. The organization, which serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families, aimed to raise $5,000 to purchase a new van help increase its efficiency in serving its six counties, including Boone, Butler, Colfax, Nance and Polk counties, through this year’s Summer Sizzle.

“We are the only agency in that area that provides these services so there’s definitely a need, so we definitely need the support of the community,” Grant said.

Volunteer coordinator Traci Pilar said she was amazed by the community’s generosity and was glad to receive a good start, noting this year’s proceeds exceeded last year’s total. Despite that, the organization plans to continue its efforts to raise funding for the new van.

The fundraising event gathered more than 200 people who began filling the Ramada to enjoy the festivities, which had a “Best of the West” theme. In conjunction with this year’s theme, the organization brought in a mechanical bull as an activity for its guests, among others.

“It was an awesome event with everybody having fun, dancing,” Pilar said.

The evening continued on into the silent and live grant auction after dinner with prizes like Disneyland tickets, hair products, jewelry, tired and oil changes up for grab.

This was the second year the organization utilize an online service for the auctions. Community members who were unable to attend the event could still bid for the auctions in the comforts of their own homes using the online services.

“There’s something for everybody,” Pilar said.

The organization is still working on finalizing the total dollar amount raised through its Summer Sizzle fundraising event, adding the numbers are expected to be finalized by the end of the week. People can still donate by calling 402-564-2155 or visiting the center at 3103 13th St.

Natasya Ong is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.