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.
YWCA of Oklahoma City initiated the three-year capital campaign earlier this year. Large-scale donors have included 7-Eleven and Devon Energy, which both gave $1 million; and the Chickasaw Nation, which gave an undisclosed amount.
The funds raised in the campaign will build a new 85-bed shelter and transform the existing facility into an extended-stay shelter for victims and their children.
The funds also will be used to renovate the McFarland branch facility in northeast Oklahoma City and establish an endowment fund.
“Oklahoma is consistently seeing an increase in domestic violence every year,” said Janet Peery, CEO of the YWCA Oklahoma City, in the release. “This campaign is not only going to raise money to provide a safe haven for victims, but it will also raise awareness about ending domestic violence in our community.”
Throughout the public portion of the campaign, local businesses will hold several events to benefit he capital campaign. In addition, area organizations, schools and civic groups are encouraged to hold fundraising efforts for the capital campaign.
How to help
Donations for the capital campaign can be made by going to YWCA.