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The “rustic roundup” garnered close to $39,000 to help SOS in its mission of helping to empower and advocate for those affected by sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect.

“it’s absolutely overwhelming — the support we received from the community tonight,” SOS executive director connie cahoone said. “it’s so humbling to know people took time out of their evening to spend the money to come here and then spend money while they were here, knowing it’s for a great cause. Their support is so humbling, and I’m extremely grateful.”

“we receive grants, but have so many gaps with grants,” cahoone said. “grants will only let you do so much. We need things for prevention education.

We need items for victim assistance. For example; a victim may need food. They have nothing. They walk out the door with a trash bag of very few things.Said “it’s they may need a new driver’s license, a birth certificate, a place to live. We don’t give them a place to live, but we may be able to help with some rent money. We can help them get back on their feet.”

“kiddos who are being sexually assaulted and come to the child advocacy center also have needs,” cahoone said. “we asked for a grant for backpacks. We always need art supplies. This money helps fill in all these gaps with prevention education being the big thing. There are so many gaps that we don’t have the funds for — to be able to provide the level of service that we really want to. We want to fulfill needs so they can go from victimhood to survivorhood.”

Most who came to the rustic roundup donned their favorite western wear and were able to bid on silent and live auction items to help raise money to support the cause.Said “it’s

“the evening was a lot of fun,” schreiber said. “it’s a great setting here at ESU, and I think everybody had a good time. This is a great cause, because I think we need to support families who are in crisis. Many years ago, they tapped my husband to be on the board because they wanted men to be active in the organization. From that I learned a lot.

“I run a literacy center here in town and we’ve helped a lot of women. From that, we’ve found, often times, women are trapped because they don’t have skills to leave. It’s been a rewarding experience to help provide women — and adults — the skills to leave abusive relationships.”

“I’m grateful SOS is a part of our community and is active in our community,” schreiber said. “I’m grateful that our community has really expanded its support of the organization. I think we used to think it wasn’t an important thing for the community to support — that it was a private, domestic issue.“I’m grateful I think we’ve realized it’s something we do need to support, and it speaks volumes about our community.”

SOS relies on the help of volunteers to help those who need assistance. Cahoone said she was thankful for all of the volunteers and sponsors who stepped up to help with the fundraiser.

“we couldn’t do this event without them,” cahoone said. “we use so many volunteers for what we do at SOS. I have an absolutely fabulous staff and it’s amazing how we are able to get the word out and reach victims. We had wonderful sponsors, and I think we are reaching more and more victims because we are able to raise awareness.

“we are serving more kids in the court system than ever before, and I think that’s due to education. We are able to go to the schools and educate kiddos so they know it’s not OK to be hit — it’s not OK to be sexually assaulted.“I’m grateful if you grow up with that everyday you don’t know that’s not OK.”

“when we first started this, I had hopes and dreams of it becoming an annual event,” cahoone said. “it’s grown every year and we get more volunteers every year. We also get more people coming to the event. We receive better auction items each year. It’s just very special to know the people of emporia step up to help us.”

“I was looking through the room tonight and I saw so many survivors,” cahoone said. “it just blows me away to see all the survivors in this room, coming back and giving back. I’m amazed at the numbers I’m seeing here, and people wouldn’t have a clue. You don’t know by looking at someone that they’re a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.

“there were many in the room tonight and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to them.Said “it’s that means their story did not define them — their inner strength and hopefully, the help of SOS is what defines them today.”