The Crisis Control Center held a public dinner at the Roadhouse last night to celebrate 25 years in Durant.
The dinner was designed to thank staff, board members and the community for the work done to keep the center alive.
Center staff and board members offered a special thanks to the community for its support.
“We couldn’t have made it 25 years without the community,” said Crisis Control Center’s Anna Marcy.
The Crisis Control center is a place that serves victims of family violence and provides safe, confidential services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The center serves Bryan, Atoka, Marshall and Johnston counties. This year also marks 25 years for Executive Director Norita Walker to be with the center.
Walker said she helped create the center and most of the staff has been with the center since the 1990s.
Mayor Jerry Tomlinson made an appearance to speak at the dinner.
Tomlinson said that while he prays that one day these services will not be needed, he is thankful that Durant, the county and the state as a whole, has places such as the Crisis Control Center.
A surprise gift was given to Walker after the mayor’s speech. The staff at the Crisis Control Center gave Walker a charm bracelet to thank her for all she has done.
The bracelet was engraved with 25 on one side and Crisis Control Center on the other. Each charm was picked to represent something about Walker and her work at the center.
The remainder of the evening was spent dining and browsing the albums of photos from the 25 years of the Crisis Control Center.