The Bethlehem House will host its fifth annual Valentine Gala and Auction tonight at 6 p.m. at oneChurch, 1073 Front St., in Conway.

Live entertainment will be provided by Matthew Huff, country music artist and teacher at Woodrow Cummins Elementary.

A dinner, live auction and silent auction will also take place at the event. 

This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Bethlehem House, according to Judi Lively, director. 

Money raised from $25 dinner tickets will be placed in the Bethlehem House’s general operating fund. 

Auction items include gift certificates from many of Conway’s local restaurants and a two-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. An unpublished and autographed Kris Allen CD will be available for auction, as well as a bicycle donated by The Ride in Conway. 

Larry Rogers, owner of E.M. Jeans, donated a pair of jeans to be custom-made for the highest bidder, designed by Jason Trotzuk with Fidelity Jeans.

The night’s menu will feature entrees by Jill McCollum, chef for the Central Baptist College Dining Center.

The Bethlehem House has been operating in Conway since 1991. The house, located at 930 Faulkner St., is a shelter for homeless men, women and children. 

Housing, transportation, food and case management is available for up to 15 people at a time at the house. Soup kitchens are held nightly, serving the hungry in the community, according to Lively.

A food pantry is available at the shelter where individuals may get food boxes once a month. Laundry and bathroom facilities are also available, as well as a bicycle loan program.

Lively said the event raised $8,000 in 2009, with 150 people in attendance.

“People think of Valentine’s Day and the romantic aspect of it. But it can be a time to help others,” Lively said. “And it’s not just for couples. Anyone can come. We have a great time.”

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