PLAINFIELD — The Sertoma Club’s 12th annual premier event, ‘Saturday with Saturday,’ benefiting Sheltering Wings was held Saturday at Metropolis.
“This Saturday with Saturday event is an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate the lives that are changing at the shelter,” Cassie Martin, executive director of the shelter, said. “This is our signature event. It used to be a dinner dance, but this year we decided to revamp it and this is the first time we’ve done an event like this.”
The featured guest for the evening was former Indianapolis Colts player Jeff Saturday.
“This is his first time at this event; he and his wife Karen have an amazing faith and they are humanitarians; they are so generous with their time and with their finances with many causes, and this is one of them,” Martin said. “They wanted to be a part of this event. It’s a really neat opportunity for us to celebrate with them.”
Executive Assistant Amy O’Hearn added, “This is huge for the center. It’s one of the many things we do to raise funds and raise awareness to the women and children that live with us.”
Sheltering Wings provides emergency housing for women and children suffering from any form of domestic abuse. The agency helps the women build stable and independent lives through essential programs offered in supportive and Christ-centered environments.
During 2013, 118 women and 145 children called Sheltering Wings home and more than 100 have left the shelter to safe and independent lives. They provided resources to almost 1,000 crisis callers in 2013. They educated more than 20,000 adults and teens about domestic violence. They received almost $100,000 of in-kind donations and 15,000 hours of help from dedicated volunteers.
At this event, there were many silent and live auction items available to bid on such as a cookout provided from Sertoma Club of Brownsburg, Quarterback Colts suite tickets, a football autographed by Andrew Luck, and a Robert Mathis signed football.