Dinner and auction for Oakley Carlson on July 16

Dinner and auction for Oakley Carlson on July 16

Although nearly 18 months have passed since the disappearance of 5-year-old Oakley Carlson, awareness and fundraising have grown in hopes of getting more information.

A dinner and auction, Paint the Night Pink for Oakley, is to be held this weekend at McCleary to raise awareness and help raise the Oakley Carlson Comeback Reward Fund.

The occasion, which is organized by Light the Way Missing Persons Advocacy Project, will feature high-profile auction items, such as Seattle Mariners tickets, Seattle Zoo and Aquarium tickets. , a guided fishing tour and a getaway for two to the Lucky Eagle Casino among other things. Tickets to participate in the event are $40 per person and will include dinner and two drinks for everyone.

Shayna Richards, who helps run the organization Light the Way, said the main goal of the event was to keep Oakley’s name fresh in people’s minds so it doesn’t become a statistic and that they promote investigations, as well as awareness.

“We are an advocacy and investigation group to help people whose loved ones have disappeared. Overall, we want people to think Oakley and spread information as far as possible in case anyone knows anything,” Richards explained.

“We help fund billboards and posters seen throughout Washington State and stay in constant contact with legislative members and law enforcement to find more information.”

Richards said while his team of activists is currently small, they are doing all they can to help with the case. She says her organization is a non-profit organization and became official in January 2022.

Oakley’s adoptive mother, Jamie Jo Hiles, along with her husband Erik, have worked with Light the Way Missing Persons Advocacy Project and say they are grateful not only for their support, but also for the support of the community in his together.

“It has been absolutely phenomenal and so heartwarming. Businesses and people within the community have been so forthcoming with their support that it brings tears to my eyes to see the compassion of others we share this area with,” said Jamie Jo.

Jamie Jo said she was pleased with the number of companies that helped raise money for Oakley’s reward fund and said her goal was to hopefully reach $50,000 by the end of the calendar year. The reward fund currently has about $25,000. However, more important than money is finding answers.

“Overall, we just want to raise enough money and awareness that we can find any clues about our little girl and receive some sort of closure,” Jamie Jo explained.

The event will take place at 7 Vista Lane in McCleary and is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. with the auction starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. Tickets can be purchased online at lightthewaymissing.com or can be purchased in person at The Coffee Coop in Elma.

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