February saw a lot of charity events taking place that KK BOLD staff were privileged to participate in. We wanted to cast a quick spotlight on all three events and to also show off some pictures of the staff in their fancy duds. Fancy duds is a term we use in North Dakota to mean “not overalls,” you see.
Ashley Eggl, Kelly Loos and Kayce Duncan from the KK BOLD Minot office attended the 7th annual Champagne & Ice Gala held on Feb.18. Every year, this fundraising event includes hors d’oeuvres, champagne, a silent and live auction as well as live music and a deejayed dance. Funds are raised for the Northern Plains Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides services to children victimized by sexual abuse. KK BOLD was pleased to donate time to help advertise the event. This year’s event raised $34,000, an increase of about $11,000 from 2016. Ashley is currently serving on the board of directors and fundraising committee for the NPCAC.
Kelly, Kayce and Ashley also participated in Minot’s Women United 2nd Annual Little Black Dress fundraiser. Held Monday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 24. Participants were encouraged to wear the same black dress and take pictures throughout the week to remind their friends, family, and co-workers to donate. The week of fundraising ended with a small social wrap-up event Friday evening at Minot’s Taube Art Gallery. A total of $12,647 was raised. Kelly serves on the board of Women United and is part of the special events committee.
Last, but not least, was the Independence Inc. 2nd Annual Chili Bowl, on Feb.7. The premise of the event is to invite local restaurants to compete against each other on the Tuesday following the Super Bowl (hence, Chili Bowl) to see who can make the area’s best chili. The public purchases tickets to the event to taste test the chili, and participating restaurants can buy votes to help themselves win. All funds go toward Independence, Inc., which is a resource center providing services to individuals with disabilities. Last year’s event was the first and raised $2,500, and this year $4,000 was raised.
That seems like a lot of events to attend and a lot of socializing, but with it all being for charity, we do what we can. Also, for the hors d’oeuvres and champagne and chili. Those are nice, too. Congratulations to all three charity events on their success. Good times were had by all.