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October 7, 2012

Raising awareness

NORMAN — Tony Gray hopes that one day domestic violence will end and he can close the doors to Compassion Pointe forever. But, with every call that Tony Gray gets, and he gets a lot, that dream gets farther and farther away.

“It seems like the number of calls are increasing dramatically. It’s sad that we have to tell these women that we not only don’t have a place, but we have a waiting list of women that need a place to go,” Gray, director of Compassion Pointe, said.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to draw attention to the epidemic, Gray asks that individuals in the community wear purple on Oct. 12.

Compassion Pointe also will hold its second annual charity gala at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at CrossPointe Church, 2601 24th Ave. SE. Tickets are $50 each. Businesses can sponsor a table for $300. The event is the organization’s major fundraiser of the year and will include a guest speaker that was in an abusive relationship for more than 30 years, music, silent and live auctions and a drawing for a 2012 Chevy Camero.

November will mark the fourth year of operation for Compassion Pointe, and Gray has several ideas in the making for its future.

“As we go into next year, our goal is to go into our five year plan. We plan on acquiring 10 to 100 acres to build a self contained facility for these women where we can go in and start teaching them occupational skills,” Gray said. “As a retired educator, I’m concerned because many times the abusers find out where the victims are through the school systems. So hopefully we will be able to have a school on those grounds.”

Gray also hopes to have a housing complex on site of the facility that would provide women with multiple children a place to live.

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