Holiday Cheers Party
The 23rd Annual Holiday Cheers Benefit is a fundraiser benefiting The Apartment Association Outreach, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to assisting residents with rent payments during times of personal emergencies or crisis. Monies raised during the Benefit will help support the Rent Assistance Programs of our social service partners:
Due to COVID19, the fundraiser will be held online and has been extended for a full week of bidding opportunities.
Bidding will open on December 3rd and will culminate on December 10th, with live feeds for the raffle items, Rapid Raffle cash and the live auction.
If you would like to donate an item, please contact the Apartment Association office at 513 407-8612 or donate directly through the link below. If you would like more information, contact either Michele Klusman or a member of the Holiday Cheers Committee.
If you do not have an item to donate or the time to buy something to donate, we can purchase items for you. Cash donations are welcome and will be used to buy items for the benefit in your company’s name. This year, in particular, we are counting on the support of all our members and the surrounding community. With the help of the Holiday Cheers Committee, spearheaded by Gerry Johnson with RentPath and Tonya Beckner with Miller Valentine Group, we are certain this event will be a huge success.
All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
To Donate, Click Here
To Register Online to Attend, click here.
Thank you to our event sponsors, PLK Communities and BRG Apartments. We could not have done this without you!
What All Is Happening During the Holiday Cheers Party and Benefit?
Wine Mystery Bag
The mystery grab bags make their return this year! Each bag includes a bottle of wine – valued at at least $20 – and a gift card to a local restaurant. You won't know what you win until you open the bag. Each bag is only $40! Hurry! There is a limited supply!
Bourbon Trail Mystery Bags Sponsored by Rent Manager
The Bourbon Trail Mystery Bags are back, too! And we are sure they will go fast again this year. Each bag contains a bottle of bourbon and lottery ticket to try your luck. A handful of mystery bags also include $50 cash! Again, supply is limited and each bag is only $50!
Rapid Raffle sponsored by Calloway Cleaning and Restoration
The Rapid Raffle is changing this year! This year, we will be hosting one Rapid Raffle with six cash winners totaling $3000 in cash! For $10 a chance, or 3 chances for $20, you could win up to $500 cash. Cash prizes sponsored by Calloway Cleaning and Restoration.
Don't miss your opportunity to bid on some top-notch, hot items that the committee is busily putting together. Check back for more information once we get the confirmations.
With over 50 themed baskets expected this year, make our Holiday Cheers Party and Benefit your one stop holiday gifts for those ‘hard-to-shop-for’ friends and family. All baskets are donated by local apartment communities. For more information or to get your community involved, contact Jennifer Illanz at BRG Apartments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Great Items Donated
Thanks to the many great donations from our members and community supporters. It is through your dedication that we are able to host such a successful event.
Where Does the Money Raised At The Auction Go?
AAO’s Rent Assistance, our largest social service program, is for people who cannot pay their rent due to a personal emergency or conflict beyond their control, such as illness or unexpected unemployment. During this pandemic crisis, the incredible work of the Outreach provides assistance and hope to others in need. 2020 will be unlike any other year, as our fundraising has been impacted, but we are determined to have a record year helping others.
FreeStore Foodbank, CAIN, Jewish Family Service, and Santa Maria, our four social service partners, and we, are granting funds, in record numbers this year, to assist families and individuals in meeting their rent obligations. Also, AAO grants funds for emergency assistance for families or individuals confronted by a presumably one-time and unique obstacle on the individual or family’s path to self-sufficiency.
How Does The Rent Assistance Program Personally Help People?
The testimonials we have received from our partners and the recipients of our aid is heartwarming. We are so proud of our efforts and want to continue to do so with your help and the proceeds from this year’s virtual Holiday Cheers event!
For example, Mrs. K, a forty-year-old woman, called requesting financial assistance. Mrs. K has lived in her apartment for over 13 years and has supported her family working as a waitress at the same restaurant for 11 years. Six weeks ago, on her way to work, she became ill and went to the emergency room. Mrs. K was hospitalized for several days. She had a heart attack and was unable to return to work for eight weeks. Mrs. K had no medical or disability insurance through her job. Having no income, Mrs. K was unable to pay her rent. Concerned about her rent and other bills, Mrs. K attempted to return to work before being released by her doctor, but became too ill. Mrs. K began calling agencies seeking assistance. Finally, another agency in the area referred her to one of our partners. Funds donated by The Apartment Association Outreach were used to assist Mrs. K and prevent her from being evicted. She has since returned to work, still without a medical release, and a social worker is continuing to work with her to assist her in obtaining expensive cardiac medications and facilitate a process to pay the other bills that accumulated while she was off work.
Another example is Mrs. X and her husband went to our partner seeking assistance in obtaining permanent housing. The couple was expecting a child and desired to settle down, so they could provide a stable home for their new family. The family chose to enroll in the Family Case Management Program, receiving help with budgeting, building and restoring credit and job support for job retention. Suddenly, Mrs. X’s pregnancy became high risk and her husband became the sole financial support for their family until the baby arrived. Because of the unexpected high risk pregnancy conditions, Mrs. X’s family was assisted financially so that they could maintain their housing.
A third example includes J, who received custody of his 16-year-old son, this past summer. At that time, he had to move into a larger apartment. He had lived at the previous apartment for 11 years. J. worked for a home food delivery service for more than 4 years when he was let go from his job, due to an accident. The unemployment claim is currently tied up in an appeal process. J. has depleted his small savings account paying rent and other necessary bills. While looking for employment opportunities, he received financial help in paying his rent, so that he would not lose his apartment. He has recently secured a new employment position.
We want to thank everyone in advance, who will help make our Virtual Holiday Cheers Event one for the record books, and in turn, help many more individuals and families in need during this crisis.