We do not put this party on for us, for our friends, for our family, or for all the celebrities that come to town. We put this party on for our beneficiaries.
Every year our board selects a primary beneficiary that positively impacts our community to receive the proceeds of Unbridled Eve.
in 2012 and 2013, the primary beneficiary of Unbridled Eve was Blessings in a Backpack.
Through Blessings in a Backpack we can feed a child for one year for just $80. Founded in 2005, Blessings started feeding students in just two Kentucky schools. Eight short years later, Blessings is feeding more than 58,000 students in 498 schools across 41 states and three countries.
The premise is simple.
Elementary school students on free and reduced lunch programs likely aren’t getting the food they need on the weekends – after all, hunger never takes the weekends off.
Eligible students are given a backpack chock-full of goodies to take home.
And Blessings isn’t just combating hunger. Students enrolled in this program show improved health, increased attendance, higher reading levels and better test scores.
Blessings in a Backpack was chosen as the People Magazine PEOPLE FIRST Charity of 2012.
In addition, three guests to the party adopted a local school to fund and many more donations were made.
In addition to our primary beneficiary, the Unbridled Eve executive committee also picks a variety of smaller beneficiaries that receive between $5,000 and $500.
These beneficiaries have included: Les Turner ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Foundation, in memory of Jacquie Conniff Fort and to The American Cancer Society to help combat Prostate Cancer in honor of committee member Nick Gardner, Winter Hayven, Kids Connect, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Old Friends Farm, Boys and Girls Club Chicago, Trooper Island, USA Cares and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Our thanks to every ticket buyer, auction bidder and independent donator who made it possible to support all these amazing organizations.
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