Event to benefit 22 charities

Maciena Justice

The holidays are a time known for charities seeking the kindness of strangers to raise money for one great cause.

So much so that Paula Moore-Kirby and Steve Newberry said it becomes difficult to keep up with the demand of the organizations that are in need.

That’s why the pair developed the Holiday Bash, an event incorporating multiple charities, and formed a partnership with WBKO.

The Holiday Bash is an auction on Friday that will benefit 22 charities. It is a ticket only event, and tickets can be purchased from the various charities participating in the event. The charities get all proceeds from ticket sales.

“That way they have an ownership in the event,” said Moore-Kirby, the coordinator of the Holiday Bash. “The charities receive 100 percent of auction items.”

Moore-Kirby said that the event is held at the National Corvette Museum.

“They give us the red carpet treatment there, it is just a lot of fun,” she said.

Some charities that will be featured at the Holiday Bash include the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Hope Harbor, United Way and others.

Each charity brings items for the silent auction. These items include everything from gift baskets to trips; to unique items, like a pair of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves.

Alpha Omicron Pi also participates in the Holiday Bash, by both raising money for juvenile arthritis, the chapter’s philanthropic organization, and by working the event.

AOII will be working the registration table, showcasing auction items throughout the evening dressed as elves.

“It’s good to see how much money a charity raises,” said Bowling Green junior Katherine Kirby, who is also the vice president of chapter development for AOII.

Stormi Murtie of Scottsville said that last year approximately $20,000 was raised for Center for Courageous Kids.

Murtie is the communication director for Center for Courageous Kids, a camp for children who are battling serious health diseases.

“This event is put together by people who care,” Murtie said. “We are excited to be involved again this year.”