OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce its annual Home Energy Aid fundraiser with community partners Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Oklahoma Natural Gas and Public Service Company of Oklahoma will take place on Tuesday, July 21st at its 1001 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City location from 11:30am to 1pm.

“We are witnessing many individuals seeking utility assistance through The Salvation Army who have not needed assistance before,” said Major Susan Ellis, area commander. “Just within the last three weeks, 90% of those calling in to set up appointments with us are new clients. We want to help as many as we possibly can with the resources we have been provided”.

Tickets are being sold in advance and day of the event. For a $8.00 ticket, individuals will be treated to a fresh-grilled hamburger, chips, cookie and drink. “This year’s event will be different from past years in that we will be hosting this fundraiser as a drive-through,” said Ellis. “Individuals wishing to support this event may do so by entering our campus off of NW 10th street and our volunteers will serve them and practice the appropriate safety measures to ensure proper hygiene and social distancing”.

All monies raised will be matched 1:1 up to $6,000 thanks to OG&E, ONG, and PSO.

“This event allows us to raise much needed funds to meet the ongoing need for assistance,” said Traci Jinkens, director of development. “Donations and sponsorships of this event will be directed right back into the utility assistance programs. We wish to thank Frontier State Bank for their event sponsorship and for Crest Foods of Edmond for their donation of food and beverages”.

For more information about utility assistance, contact The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma at 405-246-1100. To purchase a ticket online or to make a gift, please go to salvationarmyokcac.org or call the Development Department at 405-246-1109.