Oakley Carlson’s Dinner and Auction Event Set for July 16

Oakley Carlson’s Dinner and Auction Event Set for July 16

Although it has been nearly 18 months since 5-year-old Oakley Carlson’s disappearance, awareness and fundraising have grown in hopes of more information.

A dinner and auction, Paint the Night Pink for Oakley, is set to be hosted this weekend in McCleary to raise awareness and help raise the reward fund for Oakley Carlson’s return.

The event, hosted by the Light the Way Missing People Advocacy Project, will feature auction highlights, such as Seattle Mariners tickets, Seattle Zoo and Aquarium tickets, a guided hunting tour, and a vacation for two at the Lucky Eagle Casino among others. Tickets to participate in the event cost $40 per person and will include dinner and two drinks for everyone.

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

“We are an advocacy and investigation group to help people who have lost loved ones. In general, we want to keep people thinking about Oakley and disseminate information as much as we can in case someone knows something,” Richards explained.

“We help fund billboards and posters located throughout Washington state and keep in touch with legislators and law enforcement to find more information.”

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

Oakley’s foster mother Jamie Jo Hills, along with her husband Eric, work with the Light the Way Missing People’s Advocacy Project and say they are grateful not only for their support but for the support of the community as a whole.

“It was so extraordinary and intimate. Jimmy Jo said the companies and individuals within the community have been so upfront with their support that it makes me tear to see the compassion of others we share in this area.

Jimmy Jo is pleased with the number of companies that have helped raise donations for the Oakley Rewards Fund and says her goal is to reach $50,000 by the end of the calendar year. The bounty fund is currently around $25,000 in size. However, finding answers is more important than money.

“Overall, we just want to raise enough money and awareness so we can find any evidence of our little girl and get some kind of closure,” Jimmy Jo explained.

The event will take place at 7 Vista Lane in McCleary and is scheduled to begin 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 Cup in Elma.

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