ENID, Okla. — Tickets remain available for Junior Welfare League of Enid's 16th annual Charity Gala, 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Stride Bank Center.

This year’s gala, themed “A Night at Studio 54,” will feature a buffet dinner from Stride Bank Center, live music from the band "Superfreak" and silent and live auctions.

Live auction items include a package from Wess and Jolene Gray Portraits; exclusive access to Enid Brewing Co.; a gourmet dinner for six; an Oakwood Country Club membership; a package from Seth Wadley Ford in Perry and Bella Strada Salon and Spa; a “7 Nights in Paradise” trip to Belize; a set of pearls donated by Love the Pearls; a six-night stay in Colorado; a design meeting with Gary Hulse Wardrobe Management; a Luxe Series Portrait session; and a six-night trip to Mexico.

This year's Enid Legacy Award will be presented to Kayle Costello-Northcutt during the gala.

"She is chosen for this award because of her dedication to Junior Welfare League, her family, the Enid community, and her resilience despite personal tragedy," according to a press release. "She has been an inspiration to many."

The Legacy Award was established to recognize honorary or sustaining members who have provided service following active membership in JWL.

Costello-Northcutt, a member of JWL in the early 1990s, served on many projects and service committees as well as being an active performer in JWL's fundraising event of that time, Fall Follies.

After her years with JWL, Costello-Northcutt went on to serve as United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma board president and president of Enid Rotary Club. She was on the Integris Bass Baptist Health Center governing board for 16 years, served on the Salvation Army of Enid board and has been a sustaining chair for JWL.

The beneficiaries of this year's charity gala are 4RKids Foundation, Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma and YWCA Enid Crisis Center.

“This year’s beneficiaries mean a lot to the women of JWL,” said Casie Vos, JWL Charity Gala chair, in a July press release. “We believe that funds raised will go a long way in helping create the best quality of living, from adolescents to the elderly, who are going through all walks of life.”

Funds raised by JWL will go toward specific programs and resources for each beneficiary.

4RKids will use the funds to purchase temporary rubber ramps that can be placed in door thresholds and other places where there is a need for a ramp to increase mobility. The ramps will help "ensure that individuals with mobility issues can easily access downtown Enid," according to the press release.

Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative is raising money for workshops for the elderly. Classes will include improving physical and mental health, how to access to health care and more educational opportunities.

Youth and Family Services is raising funds to train 11 staff members in the Botvin Life Skills Training program. The goals for the program are "reducing peer pressure around drinking, drugs, and smoking as well as developing greater self-esteem, effectively coping with anxiety, increasing knowledge of the long-term consequences of substance abuse, and enhancing cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent risky behaviors," according to the press release.

Funds from the Charity Gala also will help the YWCA Enid Crisis Center upgrade its facilities "to better serve their five-county area," according to the press release.

The JWL Charity Gala has raised and disbursed more than $460,000 back to nonprofit organizations in Enid since 2004.

Tickets to the JWL Charity Gala are available online at bidr.co/events/jwl19.

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