Crisis Center to sponsor annual fundraiser dinner


The Matagorda County Crisis Center will host its 12th annual Chicken Fried Steak Dinner Fundraiser Friday, Jan. 25 at the KC Hall, off of Nichols Road.

All proceeds from this annual event go towards supporting The Crisis Center of Matagorda and Wharton Counties. 

“The fundraiser has a two-fold purpose for us,” said Eugene Davis, executive director for The Crisis Center of Matagorda and Wharton Counties. “First, we want to raise awareness and second, we want to raise funds to help us meet expenses that our government grants won’t pay for.”

The fundraiser dinner will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with a $10 donation fee. Supporters can dine in or drive-thru for the dinner. Attendees can either dine in to enjoy the meal, the silent auction and entertainment.

“The fundraiser has been well-received over the years,” Davis said. “Good weather or bad, we seem to have a lot of people that look forward to it every year. The way I look at it, it is an inexpensive date night that not only allows you to come out and enjoy yourself but help out a worthy cause as well.”

Businesses wishing to help sponsor the event are urged to consider sponsorship opportunities. An event sponsor costs $2,500, Platinum is $1000, Gold is $500, Silver is $250 and Bronze is $100. Davis said fundraisers are also held in Wharton and El Campo every year as well but the Bay City event is the larger of the three for the Center.

Davis said the Crisis Center typically averages 600 family violence victims a year, 500 to 600 child abuse victims and 200 sexual assault victims. 

The Crisis Center of Matagorda and Wharton Counties is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization that provides shelter and support to victims of family violence, child abuse and sexual assault in Matagorda and Wharton counties. The Matagorda County Women’s Crisis Center, DBA The Crisis Center, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Its major services are as follows:

Shelter--Safe House

The Crisis Center maintains a twenty-four(24) hour, emergency shelter for clients who require a safe place to stay while making plans for the future.  While residing in the shelter, food, hygiene products and other basic essentials are provided.  Clothing, if needed, can be obtained through the Crisis Center Resale Store. For those with children, the Shelter Supervisor/Children’s Advocate will assist with programs for children including educational arrangements.

24-Hour Crisis Hotline

For people in crisis who are seeking help with family violence and sexual assault crisis information. Available twenty-four (24) hours a day.  

This service is available toll free by calling 1-800-451-9235.

Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)

CAC is a cooperative effort with law enforcement, Child Protective Services (CPS), and prosecution to assist children, along with their families, who are primary victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. This program seeks to help the child victim through interview, advocacy & therapy.

Sexual Assault Program

Assistance to victims of sexual assault. Assault does not have to be just the physical act, but can be at all levels, including sexual harassment and inappropriate touching.

Domestic Violence Program

The Crisis Center offers a variety of services and assistance to victims of physical, emotional and financial abuse. A victim of domestic violence should seek help to find all the services offered. Services do change somewhat each year due to funding availability.

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