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Originally published: 2014-04-30 14:35:51
Last modified: 2014-04-30 14:36:36

Midnight at the Oasis benefit is Friday

by Sherrie Norris

For more than a decade, Midnight at the Oasis has helped fund one of the High Country's nonprofit organizations in its efforts to decrease domestic abuse.


Now in its 11th year, the highly anticipated event returns to Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 2.


Since 1978, OASIS Inc. -- the commonly recognized acronym for Opposing Abuse with Shelter, Information and Service -- has been making great strides in the area, and now specifically in Watauga and Avery counties, to end the cycle of violence. 


But, more work is needed, director, Jennifer Herman said.


During the past year, OASIS has worked with more than 339 adults and 340 children, and responded to more than 1,700 crisis and information calls.


According to Herman, much of the organization's success is made possible through generous donations and fundraisers, such as this week's upcoming signature event.


Volunteers, sponsors, staff and friends of OASIS invite community members to join them to celebrate the milestones made through their efforts, but to also ensure that future success is possible.


The evening event closes out what has been a busy month for OASIS, as April is nationally recognized each year as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


Throughout the month, the OASIS family has been working  to educate and inform the public about a prevalent problem in  society. It has distributed teal ribbons around the area as a reminder that the problem exists  and that everyone has a part to play in its prevention.


Midnight at the OASIS promises to be a fun-filled event that will include heavy hors d'oeuvres with a Mediterranean focus, a cash bar, a keynote speech from a special guest who has worked with OASIS and live entertainment by Laditude.


Known for its versatility and seemingly endless repertoire, which includes Motown, pop rock, beach much, jazz and more, the band features the vocals of the multi-talented Amy LaDeroute. The group is no stranger to the area, as it originated in Boone before moving to Asheville several years ago.


"We come together at Midnight to celebrate this community providing shelter and services for those fleeing abuse and violence,"  Rebecca Gummere, associate director at OASIS, sadi. "We hope you will join us."


Tickets at $35 per person are still available for Friday's event; some tickets may be available at the door, but advance purchases are recommended. 


As a bonus this year, Meadowbrook Inn is offering discounted rates of $79 per room on Friday for attendees.


For more information about Midnight at the Oasis, to purchase tickets or to make a donation of time or money to help end domestic violence in Watauga County, call (828) 264-1532 or visit online at http://www.oasisinc.org.