With art, style and positivity, Gabriel’s House seeks to reach out to the community and impact the lives of families daily.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, Gabriel’s House will host an online art auction to raise funds to keep Gabriel’s House Inc. operating for the year.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Gabriel’s House wasn’t able to hold their annual dinner and art auction and practice social distancing at the same time as the event draws nearly 250-300 people each year. Instead of an in-person art auction, Gabriel’s House will still hold an online art auction fundraiser through Facebook Live, according to Executive Director Dallas Gibbs.
“The money raised at last year’s gala brought in about one-quarter of the Gabriel’s House budget,” Gibbs said. “We lost a lot of money this last term from having to close due to COVID-19, so this fundraiser is essential.”
Gabriel’s House is a non-denominational Christian based after school program offering “parents and guardians of at risk Pre-K through fifth graders a safe, loving and nurturing afterschool environment for their children.” The new school year marks the 23rd year of operation for Gabriel’s House, which services Duncan, Comanche and Empire.
Founder Bonnie Talley said the talent in Stephens County really showed out this year in their donations that will raise money for Gabriel’s House, which is 100% run from donations.
“Some amazing artists from around the area are donating items for our auction. Ten items for sale are the children’s artwork. We have some very good artists this year,” Talley said. “It was hard to choose just ten! Not only does this program impact the children we serve, but it also impacts the lives of our staff and volunteers. Teaching the children about Godly characteristics remind us that we must model what the Bible teaches. Even when you don’t notice, those little eyes and ears are watching your actions and words.”
Gibbs said sponsors this year include Climate Control, Enerwest, New Hope Baptist Church, First Bank and Trust, Kellpro, Duncan Area Economic Development, Delbert’s Supermarket, Chisholm Corner, Edgewoods LLC, Perkins Energy Company, Tom Eiser, MD, Whitten Insurance and McCullough Trucking.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” Gibbs said. “It’s so exciting to see the community coming together to support the children we serve. We are truly blessed.”
Gabriel’s House workers will auction off a variety of items, including art from local artists, gift baskets and more. The descriptions will begin appearing online June 23, which is when the public can start bidding. Bidders can register at duncanauction.app and the link to the auction will be available on Gabriel’s House Facebook page. Live bidding takes place Thursday.
For more information about Gabriel’s House and the online art auction, visit https://www.gabrielshouseacademy.org/ or visit Gabriel’s House on Facebook.