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YWCA kicks off public phase of its $15 million capital campaign

At an event Tuesday night, YWCA celebrated $11 million in donations toward a goal of $15 million to build a new shelter for domestic violence victims.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: September 26, 2012
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/articleid/3713161/1/pictures/1842343">Photo - An architectural drawing shows the YWCA's proposed Passageway domestic violence shelter. DRAWING PROVIDED
An architectural drawing shows the YWCA's proposed Passageway domestic violence shelter. DRAWING PROVIDED

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.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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How to help

Making donations

Donations for the capital campaign can be made by going to YWCA.org/oklahomacity and clicking on Capital Campaign banner under the “Get Involved” tab or by calling 948-1770.

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