The ninth annual Valentine Gala to benefit Conway’s transitional homeless shelter, Bethlehem House, is Feb. 7 at oneChurch on Front Street.
The night includes live and silent auctions, music, and dinner and desert catered by David and Patti Stobaugh, owners of Stoby’s and PattiCakes.
Bethlehem House Director Judi Lively said this fundraiser along with holiday donations make up a large part of the shelter’s operating fund for the year.
Last year’s sold-out Gala raised about $20,000, Lively said.
"The Gala is a beautiful night out, a perfect date night. The purpose of the evening is to bring together community members who share a desire to support a cause that is designed to impact our own neighbors," said Aimee Prince, board chair. "Bethlehem House is an organization that focuses on being a hand up to those in need, and the proceeds from the Gala support the day-to-day process that makes it happen."
Lively said her organization is among those that have reported a downturn in giving in the last six months.
Bethlehem House has been in a capital campaign to fund construction and furnishings for its new home at Parkway, where the organization has been able to pull itself under one roof while expanding occupant capacity.
The new shelter has been open for about three months, and the move and campaign have challenged the group’s operating fund, Lively said.
"It is still as exciting to be here as it was the first day," Lively said of the new shelter. "We really are at capacity and we have stayed almost full."
The new shelter has room for 35 transitional individuals and eight in emergency need.
Tickets to the Gala are still available at $25 each, and table sponsorships are $300.
Tickets can be purchased at Bethlehem House, 1115 Parkway or online at www.bethlehemhouse.net.
For more information or to donate an auction item, call 501-205-0905.
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