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Big night, big benefit for homeless shelter
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Big night, big benefit for homeless shelter

Big night, big benefit, Bethlehem House recently held their Fourth Political Pie (and Cake) Auction. Politicians and supporters were invited to bid on pies and cakes in exchange for 90 seconds of talk time to cover their topic of choice.

Among the crowd was Judge Mike Maggio (who is not currently running for office). Maggio said, “I am here tonight to support Bethlehem House. After supporting them for years with time and donations of goods, food and money, I want to see them get anything they need. I make it a point to attend every Pie Auction whether or not I’m up for election. Tonight, we are here to help raise funds to build a new shelter, which is critical.” 

One of the most significant speeches of the night was from an individual who has been a recipient of the services offered at Bethlehem House.  He spoke about how the shelter has helped him rebuild his life and finances after a battle with cancer took so much from him. The event raised $5,000 for the construction of a new facility and with matching funds from both the Windgate Charitable and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundations, the grand total is $15,000.

Bethlehem House Executive Director Judi Lively said, “We are thrilled with the turn out and the amount of funds raised. With the addition of these funds, we now need only $180,000 to complete our capital campaign. It is clear the Lord has brought us this far this fast. And we thank this community and it’s political figures for their support. And of course, thanks to Richard Henley for serving as auctioneer and Leslie Marshall of Bob’s Grill for hosting the event.”

To give to the Home for the Homeless Capital Campaign online, go to http://www.bethlehemhouse.net/. By mail, specify funds are for the building fund and mail to 930 Faulkner Street, Conway, AR 72034. Remember, all building funds donated or pledged by the end of 2012 will be matched by both the Windgate and Mabee Foundations, resulting in three times your donation amount.

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