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Nonprofit finds innovative ways to fundraise, since opportunities for large gatherings are limited.

Clackamas Women's Services, a domestic and sexual violence response agency in Clackamas County, will host "Screentime: A Drive-In Gala" on Saturday, July 18.

Just after the sun goes down at 9:30 p.m., the event will feature entertainment, locally produced gourmet snacks, and a program about how the agency has adapted to serving survivors during the current health crisis.

With admission of $100 per car to attend, the drive-in gala will raise funds for the organization's work supporting domestic and sexual violence survivors and families in the community.

Melissa Erlbaum is executive director of Clackamas Women's Services."Screentime" will be a reimagined version of CWS' annual gala, traditionally hosted in October, which sustains the agency's core programming throughout the year. Like many nonprofits in the region, CWS is finding innovative ways to raise money, since opportunities for large gatherings are limited for the foreseeable future.

"Our annual gala is just as much an opportunity to gather and celebrate all our community has accomplished to support survivors as it is about raising funds. The thought of going without that opportunity to connect and celebrate with our supporters — especially as the community has risen to the challenge of responding to the pandemic — felt disappointing," said Brenda Kinoshita, CWS development and communications director. "We needed to find a safe way to celebrate together — and a summer drive-in gala seemed like a fun way to do that."

For the first time CWS will make the event accessible to those who want to tune in to the livestream from their homes. Only 40 cars will be admitted to the drive-in gala, spaced safely, to view the program on a giant screen, and have gourmet snacks including Brew Dr Kombucha , Jacobsen's Salt candy, Oregon Bark and more delivered contact-free by skaters from the Rose City Rollers. Sean Michael Dargan will provide entertainment before and after the event.

CWS' annual gala sustains core programming for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including emergency shelter, counseling, confidential advocacy and children's programming. Funds raised this year also will contribute to the organization's COVID-19 response, which includes sheltering twice as many survivors in the first months of the pandemic, providing telehealth services, and offering a new confidential chat line for survivors to connect from their homes more discreetly. Last year, the annual gala raised $125,000.

For more information or to RSVP, visit The event will be held in Milwaukie, with the exact location revealed to people who buy admission.

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