ODESSA, 2/13/2017 – The Crisis Center’s third-annual Dancing With West Texas Stars did not disappoint in flash, extravagance or substance as it entertained audience members from the Permian Basin for a worthy cause.
Local celebrities and community leaders joined forces with professional dancers to raise over $191,000 for the Crisis Center, which it will use for general operations in its mission to stop domestic and sexual violence in West Texas.
Odessa attorney Cindy Weir-Nutter dazzled the stage with her unique routine and stunned off of the stage, fundraising over $42,000 to take home the Grand Prize Crystal Ball Trophy. She and Midland community volunteer Karmen Hendrix Bryant combined to raise over $85,000 for the Crisis Center.
All of the dancers, including: Southwest Bank CEO DeweyBryant, Fisher Jewelers & Pinacle Builders Owner Travis Fisher, Odessa Regional Medical Center Business Manager Sam Gonzalez, Odessa Teen Court Coordinator Tammy Hawkins, Milam Felker Partner Jimmy Rose, CBS7 Producer Matt Rist, Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Lynn Van Amburgh and Community Volunteer Lori Morrow all combined to raise over $191,000 to help victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The fun did not end there. The news of a $1 million donation by the Wood family to fund the new Louise Wood Angel House Shelter spurred a challenge gift of $150,000. The announcement led to an additional $200,000 being pledged to fund the Crisis Center’s planned $5 million shelter designed by JSA Architects. This totaled $350,000 pledged for the sake providing a more suitable space for West Texan’s fleeing domestic and sexual violence.