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Here's how you can support homeless women and children

Patrick J. Raglow [Photo provided]
Patrick J. Raglow [Photo provided]

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will host a Facebook Live event instead of the organization's annual gala fundraiser.

Local news anchor Amanda Taylor will host the event on March 6.

According to Catholic Charities, at any given time, there are more than 1,500 people living on the streets in Oklahoma City and Norman, and 33% of those individuals are women. Due to the pandemic, that number has increased and is harder to quantify.

The recent cold weather conditions have made an already untenable situation even more perilous. Catholic Charities' Development Centers are dedicated to helping these women with immediate needs such as showers, laundry and groceries, as well as more long-term solutions like counseling, permanent housing and long-term case management, as well as assistance with utility bills and rental deposits.

"Due to the pandemic, many in our homeless population are staying at their campsites or the few available overnight shelters. The recent cold weather has caused an increased need for assistance and the options for these women are very limited," Sheila McPherson, director of Sanctuary Norman, said in a news release.

Green Tie Gatherings is a way for Catholic Charities' donors to help these women by making donations, bidding on auction items and changing a life. Auction items this year include: Three-night stay at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona; a two-night stay at Hidden Hills Cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma; a signed Keith Urban guitar; a David Yurman bracelet courtesy of BC Clark; beer for a year package courtesy of Capital Distributing; and exclusive travel packages through AmFund, including destinations to Ireland, Sedona, Key West and Iceland, valid for three years with no blackout dates, round trip airfare for two and deluxe accommodations.

"Just as we modified our Sanctuary services to meet the needs of homeless women and children in the pandemic environment, serving the most vulnerable of the vulnerable, we are going to change our Green Tie event, as well,” said Patrick Raglow, executive director of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City. "Precisely because of the pandemic, the women we serve need your help more than ever. Green Tie will look and feel different — socially distanced gatherings not a gala — but the needs are greater than ever for these women and their families and your participation is critical to meeting our mission."

Sponsorships with dinner options from Hal Smith Restaurants are still available.

Open bidding for the auction items will begin on March 1 at For more information on how to participate, contact Anne O’Shields at 817-313-3063 or go to