ENID, Okla. — Junior Welfare League has announced the beneficiaries for its 16th annual Charity Gala set for 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Stride Bank Center.

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 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 (OHAI) 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 their 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.

For more information on tickets and sponsorships for the JWL Charity Gala, contact enidjwlgala@gmail.com or visit https://bidr.co/events/jwl19.

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