The YWCA Capital Campaign on Tuesday night celebrated donors with an event in the Devon Tower, kicking off the public portion of an effort to raise $15 million to build a new shelter to protect domestic abuse victims and renovate current facilities.
Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett joined campaign organizers to announce that $11,081,000 has been raised in corporate and private donations toward the $15 million goal, according to a news release. Fallin encouraged fellow Oklahomans to give during the public portion of the campaign.
“Domestic abuse is a tragedy that we will work as a community to overcome,” Fallin said in the release. “The success of this fundraising initiative is yet another testimony to the generous and caring nature of Oklahoma families and businesses.”
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said in the release Oklahoma City citizens have a chance to address the problem of domestic abuse as a community by helping build a new shelter.
“I am proud of the major role so many of our Oklahoma City-based businesses and community leaders have played in this campaign,” Cornett said. “I encourage all Oklahoma City residents to take an interest in this cause. Every contribution, no matter what the size, makes a difference. Expanding the shelter will save lives.”
The invitation to the YWCA event invited guests to the top of the newly constructed, 50-story Devon Tower. Vast Restaurant will be open to the public at the top of the tower on Oct. 24, according to the restaurant's Facebook page.
How to help
Donations for the capital campaign can be made by going to YWCA.