And the ‘Oscar’ Goes To…

Photo: Operation Care volunteers Ronda Holtorf, Jim Holtorf, Mollie Haag, Rita Nunes, Alicia Gutierrez, Tammie Crabtree (Executive Director), Rebecca Bordwell, Brenda Crockett, Toni VanSandt, Ashley Carnicello (Deputy Director) pose with their awards at Operation Care’s ‘A Night at the Oscars’.

Photo: Operation Care volunteers Ronda Holtorf, Jim Holtorf, Mollie Haag, Rita Nunes, Alicia Gutierrez, Tammie Crabtree (Executive Director), Rebecca Bordwell, Brenda Crockett, Toni VanSandt, Ashley Carnicello (Deputy Director) pose with their awards at Operation Care’s ‘A Night at the Oscars’.

PRESS RELEASE:
June 5, 2017

And the ‘Oscar’ Goes To…

Amador County (June 5, 2017)— The red carpet was rolled out on Saturday, May 20th for Operation Care’s second annual Night at the Oscars at St. Katharine Drexel Hall.  The event honored many of the hard-working men and women in Amador County who support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the year.

The evening started with a cocktail hour and fabulous dinner catered by the Highway House Restaurant & Bar, with dessert by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. Serving the delicious meal were members of Amador’s own S Club, headed by Donna Jackson.

Dinner was followed by an awards ceremony where each honoree was presented with an ‘Oscar.’ Honorees included Deputy Jeff Bellotti of the Amador County Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney Investigator John FooSum, Sergeant Greg Moon of the Amador County Sheriff’s Department, Officer Rachel Butler of the Jackson Police Department, Officer Aaron Pratt of the Sutter Creek Police Department, Sergeant Jeff Arnold of the Ione Police Department, community member and S-Club/Soroptimist member Donna Jackson, the Jackson Fire Department, and Deputy District Attorney Gabrielle Stidger.

Each honoree has a heartfelt desire to help victims, and all commented for the program about their services. Deputy District Attorney Gabrielle Stidger said that while she knows that all of the crimes that come through the DA’s office deserve attention to continue the pursuit and preservation of public safety, she is particularly passionate about providing a voice for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. These cases are where Operation Care provides such a valuable service. Crimes of this nature often involve victims who have close relationships with their assailants, so they are reluctant or scared to cooperate with law enforcement. These crimes rarely have witnesses, so victims who pursue prosecution are often on their own to convince a jury what happened to them in the face of hostile opposition from the assailant’s family, friends, and legal counsel. Operation Care gives these victims support, encouragement, and hope, which in some cases is all a victim may have.

A special Oscar went to Operation Care volunteers Rita Nunes, Toni VanSandt, Mollie Haag, Ronda Holtorf, Jim Holtorf, Alicia Gutierrez, Rebecca Bordwell, and Brenda Crockett to recognize them for their selfless giving of time and energy. These volunteers not only help staff and clients but they also provide valuable hours that must be met in order to meet state and federal grant needs. When asked why he volunteers, Toni VanSandt, one of the honorees said, “A grocery clerk saw me wearing an OpCare t-shirt one day and told me how Operation Care saved her and gave her and her children a new chance at a positive life. All the thanks any volunteer needs!”

After the ceremony, the nearly 200 attendees enjoyed dancing and music by Route 88, as well as silent auctions with outstanding prizes.  Some silent auction winners included two Las Vegas getaways won by Kim Martin and Josh Crabtree, “Life and Times of Joe Dimagiao” picture won by Todd Riebe;  “The Catch” picture autographed by Joe Montana and Dwight Clark won by Patti Bellotti; and a Roaring Camp tour for Sheriff Martin Ryan.

Operation Care’s Executive Director Tammie Crabtree said, “On behalf of our staff, volunteers and board members, we would like to thank everyone who attended ‘A Night at the Oscars’, in addition to recognizing the men and women that make a difference in our community, we raised close to $20,000 to help support Operation Care and our mission to end violence in Amador County. This remarkable support is not only important to our community but also to the clients that we serve.“

Operation Care has been providing help for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence since 1980. Advocates and volunteers are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention, safe shelter, peer counseling, help with restraining orders, and transportation to court or other appointments. Prevention education and youth programs promote healthy relationships, as well as educating people about the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on families and the community.

If you or someone needs help, call 911 or call the 24-hour crisis line at 209-223-2600. For more information call 209-223-2897 or visit operationcare.org.

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