By Carra Higgins
It’s once again time to rub elbows, and be served by well-known locals in an effort to raise money for the United Way of Southern West Virginia and Women’s Resource Center during the 25th Celebrity Night on Monday.
Not just local celebrities will on hand for Celebrity Night at Bunkers Sports Bar at The Resort at Glade Springs. America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is hosting the night of stars and fun from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
There are several donation opportunities that come with chances to take home prizes, including an 80-foot putt that would bring a new Honda Fit, from John Howerton Honda. Activities also include a 50/50 raffle with drawings at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; golf poker with Mike James and Justin Beard; a prize raffle; a specialty drink, by Alan Larrick and Karen Bowling, served in a commemorative souvenir glass; baked Alaska, prepared by Elmer Coppoolse, Mike Patrick and Sam Lodavicho; a live auction, which includes Greenbrier Classic tickets, West Virginia Miners tickets, and fine cigars and cigar sales from Chase Boggs and New Man Cigars Company.
Rebecca Blaine, coordinator of Bunkers’ Celebrity Night, explained that three years ago the Glade Springs residents and employees set out to ensure friendly competition between the participating local restaurants and have plenty of fun while raising as much money as possible for the “great cause.”
“We’re excited to raise money ... celebrate the cause and have fun,” Blaine said. “The main goal is always to raise money and we want to make people enjoy it. ”
The will be the third time Bunkers has hosted a Celebrity Night, and during the last two years raised a total of $28,000 — approximately $10,000 the first year and $18,000 last year, Blaine said. Part of those previous years funds were raised by people making donations in order to have Murphy sing at tables or over the phone, Blaine added.
“He’s been very generous,” Blaine said of Murphy, who has also donated concert tickets and backstage passes to assist with fundraising.
Blaine also said that Coppoolse has been working very hard to get people to Bunkers Monday evening. Coppoolse was recently announced as one of the dancers for the United Way’s “Dancing With The Stars” event, scheduled for Sept. 20.
Also from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Boston Beanery Restaurant and Tavern, located at Crossroads Mall, diners can participate in an auction, which includes the opportunity to get a date with local bachelor Chaz Turner, an employee of United Bank. Turner will accompany the highest bidder, in a limousine, donated by Alan Cummings of Family Coin Laundry, that will take them to The Char and use a $100 gift certificate for dinner, provided by The Char.
Crossroads Mall General Manager Kathy Housh said the date with Turner, who is described as “charming” and “witty” is meant to be fun and would be great for any age person.
Housh says Crossroads Mall is known for getting great auction items and although this is the 25th anniversary of Celebrity Night, this is the first time the Boston Beanery has been a host location.
Other than a date with Turner, guests of Celebrity Night at the Boston Beanery will be able to bid on gasoline cards, a two-night stay at West Virginia’s Twin Falls state park, golf packages, tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, N.C., and more.
Housh added that she’s looking forward to the evening and is hopeful people participate because the need at the United Way and Women’s Resource Center is “greater than ever.”
In addition to the proceeds from raffles, auctions other donation opportunities, all tips/gratuities given at both events will be donated to the United Way and Women’s Resource Center.
For more information about the event or to contribute to United Way visit www.unitedwayswv.org or call 304-253-2111.