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June 22, 2014

Powwow to raise funds for Murrow Home

Benefit to include raffle, auctions

A powwow featuring traditional dancing, contests, food and drawings are planned for Saturday — all to benefit the Murrow Indian Children’s Home.

The powwow will provide for general needs at Murrow and is one of two fundraising projects underway at the home. A capital campaign will provide funds for additions to the home.

“All the proceeds from the powwow go back to Murrow to help continue to provide care for the children that live here,” said Betty Martin, executive director of the home. “The funds just allow us to continue to provide care for the children at Murrow.”

Gourd Dances are scheduled for 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. A supper break is scheduled for 5 p.m. Grand Entry is set for 7 p.m. and the closing song will be at 11 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.

A raffle, live auction and silent auction also are planned.

Raffle items will include a package from the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa, a Pendleton blanket, a $100 gift card from Wal-Mart and a bicycle.

Live auction items will include artwork, bicycle and a package from the Cherokee Casino in Siloam Springs.

Several items will be included on the silent auction tables, Martin said.

A variety of food and drink also will be available for purchase from vendors.

Murrow Indian Children’s Home is a non-profit organization that provides care for Native American children who are in out-of-home placement as a result of abuse and neglect, Martin said.

The facility, which has space for 30 children, has been in existence for more than 100 years and has been at its current location since 1956. Murrow Indian Children’s Home is a mission of American Baptists.

The powwow is sponsored by the children’s home and The Center for American Indians.

A capital campaign now under way will provide funds for additions to the children’s home. "We are going to build an activity center," Martin said.

The activity center will include a game room, space for cultural events and activities, a safe room and a library/computer lab.

The new building also will house administration offices, making it possible to make the current administration building the volunteer cottage, and use the current volunteer cottage as a transitional cottage for children at the home, Martin said.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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