Gabriel’s House on Thursday will hold a benefit dinner and art auction at the Simmons Center to raise funds for its 2014-2015 program year.
An art viewing, dinner catered by the Duncan Regional Hospital and a live and silent auction will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Bonnie Talley, founder of the Gabriel’s House, said the organization raises the funds for salaries and to obtain matching grant money for the program.
Guests will view artwork from local artists and reproductions created by Gabriel’s House children.
Founded in 1998, Gabriel’s House, a non-profit orgnization, works with Duncan Public Schools to offer an after-school program providing a safe, nurturing and enriching environment. The organization currently operates from three separate sites.
Talley said Gabriel’s House staff will give its Halo Awards to the volunteers who provide the best experience for the children. The group plans to then make special announcements about the future of the program that will allow the organization to grow and assist more children. Gabriel’s House will soon operate inside the public schools. As each house can only hold 12 children, the move will allow more students to enter the program, Talley said.
“It’s an exciting time to see how the program will grow in the upcoming months,” said Talley.
Gabriel’s House will hold a live and silent auctions for guests to bid on the local artists’ and children’s artwork.
The after-school needs of children have tripled and continue to grow, Talley said.
“I love seeing the changes that take place in the lives we serve,” said Talley.