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.
Additional activities included a bean bag toss, a photo booth and a wine pull.
“The community has been abundantly generous with this event,” Martin said. “It’s been really neat to see it all come together. They’ve done it with silent and live auction items and all of the beverages and cupcakes were donated.”
Saturday was interviewed by Greg Hylton, vice president of premium seating and ticket sales for the Indianapolis Colts.
Saturday talked about how his success in the NFL was not an overnight thing and how he was even overlooked during the NFL draft.
“I wasn’t getting any phone calls,” he said. “Teams would say ‘we’ll pick you at the next round,’ but I still wasn’t getting called. It felt like someone punched you in the chest. You have no air.”
Saturday was first drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and after he was cut, he went back to Raleigh, N.C.,where he was selling electrical supplies. The Colts signed him as a free agent in 1999.
“The Colts gave me an opportunity, they brought me in,” he said.
He later helped the team win a Super Bowl.
Saturday said he enjoyed helping out with the Sheltering Wings event.
“This isn’t just another charity,” he said. “We’re showing God’s arms by what we’re doing here.”
Martin plans on continuing to do events like this one in the future.
“We’re looking forward to duplicating it in the coming years, as well as changing it up to do what works,” she said.
For more information about Sheltering Wings, visit the website at www.shelteringwings.org/ or call 745-1496.