Emma’s House fundraiser 'A Night Among the Stars' Sept. 22

MICHELLE MCCONNAHA - Ravalli Republic

A Night Among the Stars is the Emma’s House annual fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 22, that will benefit abused and neglected children in Ravalli County.

The fundraiser is designed to be fun-filled black-tie evening with glitz, glam and quality entertainment. It is a great excuse to dress up in red carpet worthy attire.

“We are looking forward to another great fundraiser and are so thankful to the community for the incredible support,” said Val Widmer, executive director.

Development Director Joni Lubke said the event has a full evening of entertainment featuring valley talent.

“We have great entertainment lined up including talented kids that live in the valley,” Lubke said. “Max Naidl performs for us every year and is such a talented kid. Everyone loves to see him tap and perform.”

Also performing, are several dancers from Groovz Dance Studio, singing lesson students of Tasha Fain and Eric Monson, violin performers and violin soloist Lauren Roberts.

“There will be an epic lip sync battle again this year,” Lubke said. “Everyone really enjoyed it last year, so we are doing it again. It is always fun to see the crowd get out of their seats and sing and cheer along.”

Enjoy dancing and a dinner catered by Café Firenze as well as a full bar.

Live and silent auctions are a big part of the evening. Donated items include a German Shepard puppy, tickets to a Broncos/Chargers game, an incredible package from RS Aesthetics, an amazing painting from Troy Collins, earrings from Mikesell’s and a guided fishing trip with Robert Gary.

Emma’s House is a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center and a nonprofit organization funded by grants and private donations. In 12 years Emma’s House has compassionately served approximately 1,500 children who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect or drug endangerment. Emma’s House conducts forensic interviews, child abuse specific medical exams and trauma-focused counseling. The center also provides community outreach, education and referrals to community support and social service.

Emma’s House is now located at the Carriage House, at 310 N. 4th St., in Hamilton, more space, additional staff, services, programs and parenting classes. Children do not live at Emma’s House but visit the center as a safe place to get the services they need.

The Night Among the Stars fundraiser has general admission at 6 p.m., and goes until 10 p.m. at the First Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 22. 

Lubke said the tickets are sold out and she thanks the event sponsors.

“We are so fortunate to live in such a generous community,” she said. “It is so great to have businesses and community members that continually sponsor this event year after year and new businesses that jump in, support our cause and have a fun evening. This fundraiser goes directly towards our operating expenses and all proceeds will benefit abused and neglected kids in Ravalli County.”

Joni Lubke