Holiday Bash and Museum of Trees Auction Benefit Local Organizations

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

The Holiday Bash is an annual dinner and live auction that supports numerous area charities. There's no better way to get in the holiday spirit, than to give back to others.

Like any non-profit agency, many local organizations struggle to make ends meet when it comes to serving their clients.

The annual Holiday Bash is not only a great way to share in the holiday spirit, but help these groups help those in need, like Hope Harbor, which gives support to victims of sexual violence.

"Whether you know it or not, you do know someone who's experienced sexual violence. Whether it be a friend or a family member, when statistics are like one in five women in this country have experience some sort of sexual violence," said Hope Harbor Executive Director Melissa Whitley.

Hope Harbor assists women with their 24 hour hot-line and helps direct victims to legal advocates.

Another non-profit that receives funding from Holiday Bash is the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin Simpson, which mentors more than 200 area children.

"Most of our funding comes from individuals making donations, we have a few grants that help for specific things, but the day to day operations really comes from individuals," said Boys and Girls Club of Franklin Simpson Treasurer Lydia Latham.

Without the extra money from benefits like Holiday Bash, these organizations might not exist.

"We're able to do alot of the things that would necessarily be able to be done with grant dollars we receive," said Whitley.

"They use a lot of educational games, and although we do get grants for that, we also need the extra funding because we get 200 kids a day, and that funding helps us get the supplies they need," said Boys and Girls Club of Franklin Simpson Director of Education Lynn Reins.

For these organizations, it's about filling in those gaps in funding that make all the difference, a difference you can make.

The Holiday Bash auction isn't the only way you can give back to these charities. Many of the organizations benefiting from the event have worked hard to bring the holiday spirit to your home. They have decorated Christmas trees that will be auctioned off, with the money going directly to their organizations.

One of our partners, the National Corvette Museum, is hosting the Museum of Trees, in addition to the Holiday Bash.

"A way for the charities to have another opportunity... and broadens the number of charities that could participate, as well as get people from the public interacting," said National Corvette Museum Rental Coordinator Jana Sublett.

Holiday Bash would not be possible without the support of its sponsors, Commonwealth Broadcasting, United Country Heartland Realty and Auction and WBKO.

For more information on how you can bid on the trees, or purchase Holiday Bash tickets go to the holiday bash tab on our page, or just click http://www.wbko.com/holiday.


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