Liberty Place Recovery hope to raise $30,000 from virtual events

Online auction, virtual program Nov. 18 benefit women's center

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women has shifted its annual Holiday Luncheon to a virtual event.  Their online silent auction runs through November 18.  In addition to the online silent auction, they will host a live event on their Facebook page on November 18 at 7 p.m.  The event website can be accessed at bidpal.net/libertyplace2021

Proceeds will benefit Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women, a residential substance use recovery program operated by Kentucky River Foothills Development Council (KRFDC), a local Community Action Agency committed to improving the community and promoting self-sufficiency.

This year’s event will be virtual.

“The health of our staff, clients, and supporters is of great importance to us which is why this year’s event will still go on, but with a twist!”, said Karen Atkins, public information officer.  “While we will miss the opportunity to engage in person with our friends, we now have a space big enough for everyone.”

Rev. Kent Gilbert will once again serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the program bringing his wonderful sense of humor.  Supporters will hear from current residents, as well as from a program alumna who will share her life-changing experience at Liberty Place.  The event will be filled with hope and inspiration, bringing the community and its supporters together from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Since ticket sales have significantly contributed to event proceeds Liberty Place is suggesting a $15 donation — think of this as your ticket — if you plan to watch the live event.

This year some of the online auction items include handmade items such as quilts, jewelry, and artwork.  It will also include once in a lifetime trips to places like Key West, Sedona, Jackson Hole, and California which have extended three-year expiration dates to accommodate travel.

“The women participating in our program are homeless or marginally housed and unemployed, sometimes coming directly from court or jail,” said Atkins.  “They often come to us with nothing but the clothes on their back.  The majority of our clients have no income; nor do they have family members or friends who are able to send them money.”

The goal is to raise $30,000 through sponsorships, donations, and the online silent auction.

“Facing the significant disruption of COVID-19, the services provided at Liberty Place are needed now more than ever,” said Atkins.  “Liberty Place is a very expensive program to operate.  We provide all of the essential items each participant needs while they reside at the center.  This includes all recovery materials such as Alcoholics Anonymous materials, Recovery Dynamics Workbooks, Errors in Thinking Workbooks, classroom supplies, art therapy supplies, and personal care items.”

The majority of funds raised will allow Liberty Place to purchase the abovementioned items.  It will also help offset the significant cost of sanitizing supplies and Personal Protective Equipment such as facemasks, vinyl gloves, and protective gowns that the Center has incurred.  These items are crucial to clients’ well-being and success in the program.  This funding will also allow Liberty Place to save for larger purchases.

“Although we receive partial per diem rates from some of our funding sources, and also receive community donations, the amounts are not sufficient to support all of our needs,” said Atkins.  “Please consider joining us as we seek solutions for the women receiving recovery services at Liberty Place.”

Donations of any amount are welcomed.  If you would like to make a tribute gift to celebrate or honor someone’s recovery or their memory, please email katkins@foothillscap.org.

For more information, call Karen Atkins at 859-494-5079.

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