‘Beauty for Babes’ raises money for Birth To Three with evening of pampering

About 150 ladies in the community emjoyed a night of pampering at Bebe Salon in Maryville the evening of March 5 as a way to support a special charity in Blount County.

“Beauty for Babes” celebrated the 30th anniversary of Birth to Three in Blount County. The event was also a fundraiser for the organization. Services offered included brow or lip wax, quick hair style, nail polishes and paraffin dip for hands.

Blount County Birth to Three is an early intervention agency serving children between the ages of birth to 3 who have special needs.

Landra Kerekes, whose 2-year-old son Caleb attends Birth to Three, said the event was fun.

“We had about 150 people come through and about $2,130 was raised. It was very good, and we were very thankful,” she said. “It was a very sweet night and just busy and fun with all these ladies around. It was definitely a Girl’s Night Out.”

Kerekes said the guests were not only generous but patient. “At one point there was a two-hour wait. We went quicker than we thought, but folks said they were there to have fun, and they were hanging out,” she said. “We all jumped in and did nails and did what we could to rush things along, but really, nobody seemed to mind.”

Kerekes praised the staff at Bebe Salon. “They just have wonderful hearts, and they always want to give back to the community, so for them to do this wasn’t surprising. They work and are mothers of young kids, yet they always do so much for the community,” Kerekes said. “We’re thankful and very blessed and hope to do it again.”

Kerekes said the money raised at the event will help keep Birth to Three from closing its doors. The organization’s budget was cut in half this year. If funds are not raised, the center will face closure by early summer, she said.

Featured items at the event included specialty cakes donated from local mothers. All cakes were auctioned off but guests enjoyed samplings of the cakes throughout the evening.

Guests also enjoyed appetizers donated by Ebony Nikel, coffee donated by the Maryville Starbucks and live music provided by the Maryville Christian School Orchestra Quartet. Hostesses for the evening were girls’ youth from Impact Fellowship.

Door prizes and silent auction items included KenJo Gas cards; gift cards from Hardees, Olive Garden, Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A restaurants; gift baskets from Divas Consignment, Consigner’s Closet and JFJ Winery; and tickets to Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge.

To learn more about Birth to Three, visit their website at http://birth-2-3.org

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