Turning Point, Centra exceed goal for Raise the Roof with Rick fundraiser

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Turning Point Domestic Violence Services and Centra Credit Union exceeded their goal for the Raise the Roof with Rick: Securing Safety and Shelter for Survivors event on Sept. 16.

The event raised a total of $50,195.87 which will go directly to Turning Point’s Emergency Shelter Program. After spending 10 hours atop the Centra roof, Central CEO Rick Silvers celebrated by walking through clouds of confetti and a tunnel of attendees after learning he had surpassed his goal $40,000, which until hours before the event, was originally set at $20,000.

More than 500 supporters attended the event, including several friends and community partners, who stopped by to make a donation. Three Centra Credit Union branches dedicated their Team Member Nominated Donations to the effort in addition to making individual donations.

Every dollar raised from morning sales of Starbucks coffee and Donut Central donuts, as well as lunch sales from the N & B Lemonade Stand (hosted by Nash and Blythe Loyd), and dinner sales of Zwanzigz beer and pizza went directly to the grand total. The evening ended with a fun and competitive cornhole tournament, which served as a fundraiser, as well.

“While the demand for domestic violence services is at all an all-time high, funding streams dedicated to vital programming are being cut. Fundraisers like ‘Raise the Roof with Rick’ help ensure our organization can continue meeting the most critical needs in Bartholomew County,” said Turning Point Domestic Violence Services President Whittney Loyd.

The funds raised will go directly toward Turning Point’s Emergency Residential Shelter program, where nearly 5,000 nights of safe shelter are provided annually.