The evening of March 26 was more than just a Sock Hop at the Soda Shop for the more than 700 Boogie 2011 attendees. While they all danced to the sounds of Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes; participated in costume, dance and hula hoop contests and ate a delicious 50’s-style dinner catered by Safari Texas, they also came together to raise $175,000 to assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children achieve self-sufficiency. In addition, during a reverse live auction, attendees raised an additional $35,000 to purchase a new transportation van for shelter residents. The total cost of a new van is $35,000. Auctioneer Jeff Council started the bidding at $10,000 and lowered the bids in pre-determined increments. Each bidder contributed the amount of his or her bid, which was combined with all other bidders’ contributions. Thanks to generous bids from Gary Owens of OYO Geospace, Michael Hrebenar, Lanie Alvarez of Italian Maid Café, Don Kerstetter of Classic Chevrolet and many others, the Women’s Center reached their goal and will be buying a new van!
All proceeds from Boogie will be used to help the Women’s Center continue to provide services such as emergency and transitional shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, educational outreach, advocacy, case management and learning resources to the women and children in the shelter and aftercare programs.
Boogie 2011 Title sponsor was PCCA.