Holiday Bash Fundraiser Sets Record

By Jake Boswell | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- "This year's (Holiday) Bash raised $400,580," said Darren Steenbergen, General Manager Commonwealth Broadcasting.

It's a number that staggered many. That's because all of the money raised at this year's Holiday Bash is going to 15 area charities.

"You hold your breath and you wait for them to announce the number, it's like one of those chill moments where the hair on the back of your neck stands up. That was a pretty exciting number! It shows just how committed and involved we are in this event. That's amazing," said Center For Courageous Kids Director Of Communications, Stormi Murtie.

The total includes money raised from this year's Ronnie Dunn concert, as well as the auction that took place both online and at the Corvette Museum. The fact the figure grows every year means area non-profits are also able to prosper with it.

"This event, knowing what it has grown to be, allows us to service some many more children that we would not be able to," commented Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky, Susan Waggoner.

"You have to have this ability to go out and tell your story, but then you also have to have people who get behind you and support you. That's what the Holiday Bash does," stated Boys and Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson Director, Jef Goodnight.

The charities weren't the only winners Tuesday. A winning bidder was able to see a dream come true by filling an eventful day alongside the reigning Miss Kentucky.

"Getting to spend a day with (Miss Kentucky) Jenna Day, Paula (Kirby) actually kept it from me. She went on this big story about who got it and they'd be announcing it on Christmas. I woke up Christmas morning .... and Ta-Da!" said Molly Dalton.

Though the $400,580 figure is astounding. The bigger total is the milestone the event has hit in it's four years. Altogether the fundraiser has raised more than a total of $1 million.

Plan for next year's Holiday Bash are already underway, though the event isn't scheduled until December 5.

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