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Catholic Charities director announces annual Green Tie Gala; Names Linda Haneborg as Chair, Jim Everest as Ambassador

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 4, 2014) – The 32nd annual Green Tie Gala is slated for Saturday, March 8, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City executive director Patrick Raglow recently announced.

The always-anticipated Green Tie Gala offers attendees the opportunity to “eat, drink and change a life.” The event, which features fine dining and exciting auctions, benefits the Sanctuary Women’s Development Centers and Holy Family Home of Catholic Charities, which provide assistance to homeless women in the metro area.

Raglow also named marketing consultant and media strategist Linda Haneborg as chair of the event and long-time philanthropist Jim Everest as the 2014 Green Tie Gala Ambassador.

“Linda brings extensive community leadership experience to the position of chair,” Raglow said. “Most recently, she chaired the 2013 Myriad Gardens 25th anniversary celebration, Splendor in the Gardens. We are grateful for her generosity in planning and executing the Green Tie Gala, which supports two unique and transformative programs in the Oklahoma City metro.”

“We are also delighted to honor Jim Everest as our 2014 Green Tie Gala Ambassador,” Raglow added. “Jim has been deeply involved in the success of Catholic Charities for the past decade, serving on our board of directors. In addition, we know that Jim’s passion for improving our community doesn’t stop with us, as he has been involved with countless charities over the years.”  

Visited by more than 70 women on a daily basis, Sanctuary Women’s Development Center in Stockyards City offers unique social services to help restore feelings of self-worth, confidence and dignity to homeless and at-risk women in Oklahoma City. In addition, Sanctuary offers many resources to its visitors including access to phones and computers for job seeking, job and life skills development, counseling, linkage to community resources, and a shower and laundry facility.

Holy Family Home in Midwest City provides a community living environment for up to 12 women and eight children on a revolving basis. Women who enter into this program work closely with a case manager who helps establish a plan of action for overcoming barriers to success. Once enrolled, clients will stay anywhere between three months to two years as they work on achieving self-sufficiency.

Last year, Holy Family Home provided shelter for 27 clients, nine of whom were homeless children.

Through both of these programs and others offered through Catholic Charities, the agency transitioned 98 families into permanent housing in the past year alone. Those statistics resonate deeply with Haneborg, who has championed the dignity of women throughout her career as a small-business owner, corporate executive, and community volunteer.

“Every woman deserves to live and work in an environment that accords with her innate worth as a human being,” Haneborg said. “When tragic and unforeseen circumstances render a woman homeless, she ought to be able to seek and find a respectable refuge from outside pressures. In the Oklahoma City metro area, that refuge is Sanctuary or Holy Family Home. The staff of Catholic Charities will treat anyone who walks through the doors of either program with decency and compassion, and she will walk away with a renewed sense of herself and the possibilities for her future.”

“Everyone who purchases a ticket to the Green Tie Gala, who donates an auction item or who sponsors the event contributes to this worthy cause,” she added. “We cannot thank our supporters strongly enough for their commitment to Catholic Charities and to the women who rely on Sanctuary and Holy Family Home as a reliable haven from the uncertainty and insecurity of the streets.”

For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, contact Christopher Cowden at Catholic Charities at (405) 523-3000 or visit greentiegala.net. 

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