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HALO – “Defying the Odds”: A HALO Art Auction Benefiting Homeless Youth

The Midland Theatre was the site for “Defying the Odds”: A HALO Art Auction Benefiting Homeless Youth on February 24th. More than 350 guests enjoyed entertainment from HALO youth, silent and live auctions, and the premiere of the HALO Short Film Documentary, Caylin. Proceeds support HALO to provide housing, healing, and education services to homeless and at-risk children around the world. 

Honorary Co-chairs Marty and Cheryl Bicknell, Becky and Bill Krueger, and Mara and Billy Hodes


Sarah and Zack Brown


HALO Learning Center youth Nylah, Shelzaray, Surgeieon, Sharaya, Mylia, and La’Shae performed a dance led by Maddyn Smithpeter, volunteer instructor.


Teresa Olson, Tatia Batz, Lori Lewellen, and Jenny Legg

Featured in the April 6, 2024 issue of The Independent.


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