The Woodward News

April 25, 2013

Outreach Center to benefit from bowling event

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — The High Plains Outreach Center is hoping more community members can "spare" some time to participate in an upcoming fundraiser for the homeless shelter.

The Outreach Center will be holding a bowling fundraiser this coming Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woodward Bowling Center.

Kristi Prophet, executive director of the Outreach Center, said a per person entry fee will cover 2 games of bowling and shoe rental.

Proceeds from the entry fees will go to benefit the shelter, which provides temporary housing for the working homeless until they can find more permanent living arrangements.

"We are needing more teams to participate," Prophet said of the upcoming bowling event, which is designed for teams of 4 to 6 people.

Those interested in participating are asked to contact High Plains Outreach Center at 256-5162 as soon as possible.

"If they want to have a team, they can just call the shelter here and let us know and they can just pay on the day of the event," Prophet said.

While payment can be made at the event, she said that teams must sign up in advance, "so we know how many lanes to schedule at the bowling center."

Prophet said she wanted to hold the bowling event because "it's a fun fundraiser."

"People can come out and have a nice time for a good cause," she said.

The bowling event is just one of several new fundraisers that the Outreach Center is holding this year to help make ends meet.

"We're doing this and our rummage sale on Saturday because we have the 2 main fundraisers we do, which are the Duck Race and the Ethnic Food Fair, but we need something in between," Prophet said.

The rummage sale will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and will be held at the Outreach Center located at 1220 7th St.

"We have lots and lots of clothes and some furniture," Prophet said about the items on offer at the rummage sale.

"And it will be here at the center so people can see where we're located and if they want to learn more about us, we can give them a tour," she said.

Prophet said she is hopeful that both the rummage sale and the bowling event this weekend will help the center to "get some quick cash."

"We just need more money to operate and the 2 annual fundraisers that we've been having are not enough," she said.

The center director explained that the shelter is dealing with both a decrease in donations and an increase in expenses.

"I just think the cost of living including our utilities and the other costs incorporated into doing this like the insurance for our building and workers comp insurance, everything is going up and up and we're just trying to keep up," Prophet said.