Valentine Gala to benefit Bethlehem House

Plans are under way for the annual Bethlehem House Valentine Gala and Auction to be held 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at oneChurch in Conway.

“Last year’s event was a complete sell-out and this year will be better in every way with more live and silent auction items,” said executive director Judi Lively.

KTHV Channel 11 anchor Craig O’Neill will serve as auctioneer for the event. “Donating auction items is a great way for local businesses to show off the goods and services they offer while supporting the ministry to the hungry and homeless,” said Lively. “We are excited this year to again have the Gala catered by David and Patti Stobaugh (owners of Stoby’s and PattiCakes) and to have entertainment by Preston Palmer.”

“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. 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,” said board chairman Aimee Prince.

“The Gala is extremely important because it is our major fundraiser to supply operation funds at the shelter. Our recent capital campaign has caused our operation fund to suffer. And the weak economy has caused overall giving to be down. That combination means the funds that supply the day to day expenses of the shelter are also down. That makes this a critical and important event for the shelter,” added Lively.

Tickets are $25 each or table sponsorships are available for $300. Tickets can be purchased at Bethlehem House, 1115 Parkway, or at For additional information or to donate a silent auction item, call 501.205.0905.