Crisis Center to host 13th annual fund-raiser, auction

Volunteers from the Crisis Center in Bay City pose with part of one of their silent auction items. The Firefighter Birthday Bash includes the fire truck for rides (donated by Robert Knox), a room at the Matagorda County Museum for the birthday party, decorations (donated by the Pilot Club), a gift certificate for a cake (donated by Funtastic Cakes) and birthday t-shirts (donated by Meant to Bee), invitations (donated by P,B and J) and two books (donated by Ann Ryan). (Anthony Maenza photo)

On Friday, Jan. 31 from 4-7 p.m., the Crisis Center will hold their 13th Annual Chicken Fried Steak Dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall. 

The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards helping the domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault programs at the Matagorda and Wharton Crisis Centers. Plates are $10 each and those who purchase a ticket can dine in and take part in the auctions and entertainment or if they are in a rush, can pick up their plate through the drive thru. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Crisis Center located on 3010 6th St or by calling 979-245-9109. This fundraiser will take place whether rain or shine. 

In the past, this fundraiser has sold 1,000 – 1,200 tickets and this year is proving to be no different, according to The Crisis Center’s Executive Director, Kelli Wright-Nelson, “We are expecting the same amount of ticket sells this year. We are on track to meet that target goal.” 

Ticket sales are not the only way funds are raised for this event; the silent auction items and sponsorship opportunities help out as well. 

“Anyone can donate to the silent or live auctions,” says Wright-Nelson, “We have several new silent/live auction donors this year.” 

Those wishing to sponsor can chose any of the five different levels of sponsorships. There’s Bronze, which is $100, Silver is $250, Gold is $500, Platinum is $1,000 and Event Sponsor is $2,500. Those who might be unable to donate but are still wanting to help out are more than welcomed to volunteer for the event. 

According to Wright-Nelson, “We need volunteers to help serve and to make cookies for the event. We have regular volunteer meetings they can attend, or they can contact our Outreach Manager, Brittany Porter for more information about volunteering.” 

The Crisis Center 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 numerous, free services they offer to the community are: 

Shelter–Safe House 

The Crisis Center maintains a 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 to you. Clothing, if needed, can be obtained through our Crisis Center Resale Store. If you have children, the Shelter Supervisor/Children’s Advocate will assist you with programs for your 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 & inappropriate touching. 

Domestic Violence Program 

The Crisis Center offers a variety of services and assistance to victims of physical, emotional & 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. 

Community Education Programs 

The Crisis Center reaches out to the community, providing speakers and workshops about the services, as well as domestic violence prevention for both adults and children. 

The Crisis Center provides programs for children that include raising awareness of bullying and abusive behavior. Our focus towards children & youth is to stop the continuation of relational violence for the next generation. The program works to help children develop coping skills to deal with peer pressure and to develop character. 

Support Groups 

Support Groups are available for domestic violence and/or sexual assault. A weekly support group is held for residential adults and children. Non-residential clients can request the current schedule and location from their advocate. 


A master level mental health service provider is available for counseling in Bay City on Monday and Thursday and in Wharton on Tuesday and Wednesday. 


The Crisis Center provides trained people to serve as nonjudgmental friends (Advocates) and to help victims of sexual abuse or domestic violence identify their options. Advocates help victims access services to begin a life free of violence. 

Resources and Referrals 

An Advocate can provide information and written referrals to assist in accessing other social services in the area. 


The Crisis Center provides personal accompaniment services to accompany clients to: 

· law enforcement departments 

· court hearings 

· district/county attorney’s office 

· the hospital 

Legal Advocacy 

The Crisis Center provides legal advocates who can assist with a broad range of legal needs such as the following: 

· applying for a protective order and/or magistrate’s order 

· providing referrals for civil representation 

· helping you understand your legal rights 

· making sure your legal needs are being met 

· applying for Crime Victim’s Compensation 

Protective Orders 

The Crisis Center works closely with the County Attorney’s Office and law enforcement to obtain Protective Orders for clients who need them. 

24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-451-9235 

Bay City Area Crisis Line: 979-245-9299 

Wharton Area Crisis Line: 979-531-1300


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