CVC's annual gala roars in to Erie Zoo

From left are Jeremy and Bobbi Jo Morey with their three sons. The Moreys are North East residents and are the host couple for the Crime Victim Center of Erie’s annual gala event, ROARR Against Crime, on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Erie Zoo.

The Crime Victim Center of Erie County is holding a new version of its annual fundraiser event on Friday, Sept. 9. Before COVID-19, CVC would hold its Moonlight on the Bay fundraiser, but emerging from the pandemic, CVC is going in a new direction that affords attendees more space to enjoy live music and vendors.

CVC was established in 1973 as the Erie Rape Crisis Center to assist sexual assault victims and their families and friends. Then, in 1986, victim witness services were established for victims and witnesses of other violent crimes.

The CVC’s mission is to help reduce the amount of crime and the impact of crime, including sexual violence, through counseling, prevention education and advocacy.

This year, the new event ROARR Against Crime gala is being sponsored by a North East couple, Bobbi Jo and Jeremy Morey, who have been attending CVC events for the last five years.

“Jeremy and I grew up in North East, have been married for 21 years and still call North East home,” Bobbi Jo said. “I am the office manager at EPC Powder Manufacturing and Jeremy is the production scheduler at Ridg-U-Rak Inc., and we previously worked serving individuals with mental and physical disabilities. As young adults, we actively helped my parents, who were foster care providers for Erie County, supporting children who had been abused or neglected.”

CVC has a satellite office in North East, which the Moreys have worked closely with over the years to help fundraise and provide help for those in need.

“Several years ago, a dear friend invited us to the Crime Victim Center's Moonlight on the Bay, and we have attended with him ever since,” Morey said. “With his support, we are so proud to be hosting this year's Roarr Against Crime.”

ROARR Against Crime gala will be held at the Erie Zoo, 423 W. 38th St., featuring a Roaring 20’s theme surrounded by the zoo’s resident animals.

CVC provides services such as crisis intervention, 24-hour hotline, counseling, prevention education, court advocacy, hospital accompaniment, victim compensation and mandated reporter training.

CVC’s main office is located at 125 W. 18th St., Erie, and there are five other locations including North East.

For more information on the different locations, call 814-455-9414.

“We have seen first-hand the negative impact of trauma, especially on children, and we believe it is vital to have resources available to counteract all the bad someone has experienced,” Bobbi Jo said. “We believe that no matter the support one has from family or friends, having somewhere like CVC to validate feelings, address needs and provide guidance can be the difference between rising and thriving or struggling on our own.

“Services like the ones provided by CVC are not only essential to the recovery of individual victims but are also important to the health of our community as a whole. Jeremy and I are very proud to be a part of helping CVC as they help the Erie community.”

ROARR Against Crime will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Erie Zoo. Attendees can dress up in Roaring 20s fashion or as themselves to enjoy a night of food, drinks, live music and charitable casino-style games.

Tickets are $119 and include gourmet food truck offerings, heavy hors d’oeuvres, start casino chips, raffle tickets and an open bar.

A best dressed contest will be for those dressed to impress in their best 20s attire. A photo booth will be onsite to capture memories.

Sponsorships and tickets are available by calling Angie Devine at 814-455-9414 or emailing angie.devine@cvcerie.org.

Anyone who wants to donate to CVC can mail a check to Crime Victim Center of Erie County, 125 W. 18th St., Erie PA 16501.

All proceeds will go toward CVC’s services to victims of all ages and their family and friends in need.

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