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Aid the Homeless raises money for local shelters with prom event

September 11, 2019 | 3:10 am

Updated September 11, 2019 | 12:39 pm

Regardless of whether your prom experience was one you would like to remember or, perhaps, forget, The Greater Owensboro REALTOR Association is giving the Owensboro community a chance to relive their milestone experience at their Third Annual Aid the Homeless Throwback Prom to raise funds for Aid the Homeless.

The Greater Owensboro REALTOR Association is the title sponsor for the event and also provides administrative support for Aid the Homeless so that all donations go to support local shelters.

“The Greater Owensboro REALTOR Association started Aid the Homeless to help the passion for home ownership come full circle,” said Matt Shown of The Greater Owensboro REALTOR Association. “[We] help support shelters as they provide services which lead the homeless into sustainable living and, potentially, home ownership.”

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The prom serves as a platform for local community members to come together for one night in support of the organization’s mission to support six local shelters;  Boulware Mission, CrossRoads, The Daniel Pitino Shelter, St. Benedict’s, St. Joseph Peace Mission and Yewell Home and Oasis. To date, this benefit alone has raised over $300,000 for Aid the Homeless and each year the prom court plays a vital role in raising funds for the event.

Much like the high school event, the prom has a court where contestants seek to gain “votes.” Shown said that $1 is equivalent to one vote. Prom court contestants host various events in pursuit of votes, which ultimately means dollars raised for the organization.

Lindzey Trogdon, a mortgage loan originator at German American Bank, is a prom court contestant and has played an important role in fundraising over the last month. In August, Trogdon hosted several independent events in hopes of attaining her personal goal of $4,000 raised for the organization, which, she said, would be the highest amount raised by a prom court contestant to date. Trogdon’s previous events include a paint and shop fundraiser at Preservation Station, a blood drive sponsored by Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center and a tie-dye event in partnership with Gadsook where all proceeds benefited Aid the Homeless.

Trogdon’s upcoming events include the Aid the Homeless Yard Party, sponsored by fellow prom court contestant Lee Upton of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. The yard party consists of a cookout where all proceeds and donations will benefit Aid the Homeless, which will serve as votes for the attending contestants. Anyone interested in participating in the yard party can stop by WBKR between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday to purchase food.

With many remaining events in the coming weeks, these fundraisers hosted by prom court contestants lead up to the main event on Sept. 28. Those interested in voting for contestants can do so by going online to Aid the Homeless’s website. This site is where tickets can be purchased for the prom at $50 each. Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities can learn more via the website, as well.

The Third Annual Throwback Prom will start at 7 p.m. and run to midnight at the International Bluegrass Musical Hall of Fame and Museum. The official after party will take place at Bar Louie. For more information, please visit www.aidthehomeless.org.

September 11, 2019 | 3:10 am

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