Volunteers with the Women's Auxiliary Association of Monkey Island (WAAMI) hosted the first block party on Saturday, Sept. 30.

For organizers, the party, the first of what they hope becomes an annual tradition, was part fundraiser part entertainment.

Funds raised were designed to help support WAAMI activities.

During the party, guests were served food from Blaizing-B BBQ and had the option to compete in various games from the cake walk to a rolling pin throwing and even a silent pie auction.

WAAMI has been active in the community since 1996 and consists of 35 members of various ages.

Joyce Weber, is in her fourth year as president of the organization.

“Donations and other money raised at this event go towards purchasing fabrics and for Christmas gifts for women at the Community Crisis Center," Weber said proudly.

Group members donate $1,000 in gifts each Christmas towards those women who might be less fortunate.

As part of their big Christmas drive, WAAMI members run the Money Island toy drive and manage the shopping and wrapping of toys based on the amount of donations they receive.

Typically they provide toys for around 150 children each Christmas season.

For the last three years, WAAMI has sewn handmade baby blankets for every baby born at INTEGRIS Grove Hospital averaging about 20 a month for a total of 807.

They also create patriotic themed pillow cases for veterans staying in the Muskogee Veterans Affairs Hospital.

While WAAMI keeps active in supporting the community, Weber said events like the block party are needed. She said multiple restaurants and local pie makers donated or provided items at a discounted cost, to assist the group with the event. 

WAAMI is open to those women seeking to take part in a community group to those outside of Monkey Island as well.

For more information, persons interested may contact Weber at 918-694-4518.