Guymon Daily Herald

Center of Family Love sets 10th Gift of Love Gala


The 10th annual Gift of Love million-dollar gala, with more thrilling surprises than ever before, will take place at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on, June 17.

With this being our 10th annual Gift of Love Gala our residents—heroes to the staff and friends of the Center of Family Love (CFL)— will again be a big part of the event, showcasing their talents and their love to the very guests that fund the Center of Family Love. Their financial support makes the lifetime care possible, and free of charge, for 130 residents and families who cannot afford to live there.

One of the largest fundraiser­s in the state, this gala will be like none other, displaying the extraordin­ary talents of these heroes who are conquering their intellectu­al and physical disabiliti­es. They will display their capabiliti­es, serving guests in every capacity, like garnishing drinks with herbs handgrown by residents in the CFL Farm-to-Fork program. These heroes will greet guests with smiles and hugs.

The 10th Annual Gift of Love Gala promises to be a great party, with resident heroes and donors intertwine­d for a magical evening that will fill the hearts of guests with love. “I am thankful and grateful to God in more ways than one that they are helping out other people with disabiliti­es,” says Ryan, a four-year hero who lives at CFL.

For forty-two years the Center of Family Love has pioneered innovative programmin­g to develop intellectu­ally and developmen­tally impacted adults to discover their talents and become the best version of themselves. Initially establishe­d in 1981 by the Knights of Columbus, President & CEO Debbie Espinosa’s vision has taken the individual experience of each hero to a whole new personaliz­ed level. “We are determined to give our heroes the support and opportunit­ies to spread their wings and discover gifts and talents within themselves. This will allow them to acquire and develop the skills necessary to make their dreams come true for themselves, and to those who will conquer disabiliti­es in the generation­s to come,” said Debbie Espinosa, President & CEO of Center of Family Love.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, entertainm­ent provided by heroes of the Center of Family Love, cash raffle drawings, live auction, dancing and entertainm­ent provided by Wade Tower.

The ticket price for the event is $250.00 per person or sponsorshi­ps opportunit­ies starting at $3,000 are still available. If you or your company would like to purchase tickets or be a supporting sponsor, please contact Kim Kuehn at kkuehn@ To register for the event online, go to or call 405-263-4658 x1009 for more informatio­n.

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