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Osage Nation liquidation sale raises $60,000 for two Lake of the Ozarks organizations

In early March, the Nation hosted a liquidation auction of the former Quality Inn, on property it now owns and demolished in April for a possible Missouri casino/ hotel location.

A Lake of the Ozarks liquidation sale held in March by the Osage Nation raised more than $60,000 with those proceeds to benefit two regional charity organizations. 

The Osage Nation, during an event observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, presented over $60,000 in donations to two Lake of the Ozarks entities that support area victims of abuse and neglect. Each organization received $30,528.07 in donations, according to a news release.

In early March, the Nation hosted a liquidation auction of the former Quality Inn, on property it now owns and demolished in April for a possible Missouri casino/ hotel location.

For the liquidation auction, the public was invited to bid on Quality Inn hotel items and furniture before demolition took place. The Nation announced that all auction profits would go to Kids’ Harbor Child Advocacy Center and Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV).

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 24-30, 2022) challenges the country to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime and recognizes accomplishments that support victims, the release stated.

“National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an appropriate moment to recognize the outstanding work that Kids’ Harbor and Citizens Against Domestic Violence do to support children and victims of domestic violence.  We are pleased to support their great work with these donations to benefit the victims they serve,” Osage Casinos CEO Byron Bighorse, said in a statement. 

Kids’ Harbor provides support to children from birth to 18 who have been victims of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. The center also provides a safe and nurturing environment for children who have witnessed a violent crime or are dealing with unmet physical and medical needs. 

“Whether through our comprehensive prevention program, trauma-informed, evidence-based counseling, forensic interviews, medical exams, or advocacy, Kids’ Harbor works diligently each day to create a safer community and serve child abuse victims and their safe caregivers.

“The courage children show in finding their voice to talk about abuse they’ve experienced takes our breath away most days. These kids are true heroes. Generous supporters, like the Osage Nation, allow us to provide these comprehensive, evidence-based services. We can’t change what has happened to these children, but with the support of our community and the Osage Nation, we can change what happens next.

“Kids’ Harbor is both honored and grateful for this generous donation to help sustain our programs,” said Kids’ Harbor Executive Director Cara Gerdiman in a statement.

CADV operates a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week hotline for victims of domestic violence to seek support. The center works to empower victims through providing crisis intervention, shelter and other support services. “The proceeds will help us expand our services by adding 12 female beds and a brand-new male suite,” Citizens Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Sheree Keely said in a statement. “Everything we do here is free. This includes services and a safe place for victims and their kids. This donation from Osage Nation will provide us with the resources we need so we do not have to turn away victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.”

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Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.
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