Nicole Bradshaw has a dream. She wants Addie Ortega to beat cancer, again. Young Addie is battling a recurrence of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and various community fundraisers have been held to help the family with travel and medical expenses.
Clint Bowyer has autographed a No. 15 5-Hour Energy T-shirt and ball cap and a No. 33 Cheerios die-cast NASCAR replica. The Kansas City Chiefs have provided a limited edition framed print of Chiefs Hall of Honor inductee Gary Barbaro, No. 26, who played 101 games with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1976 to 1982. Barbaro was a defensive back, earning Pro Bowl honors following the 1980, 1981, and 1982 seasons. In 1977, he led the NFL in interception return yards with 165. In seven NFL seasons (1976–1982), Barbaro intercepted 39 passes.
In a December 1977 game against the Seattle Seahawks, Barbaro, a free safety, intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 102 yards for a touchdown, an NFL record.
There is also an autographed poster with the signatures of #24 Brandon Flowers (CB), #82 Dwayne Bowe (WR) and Quarterback Alex Smith #11.
“These items will be on display at Mulready’s Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m.,” said Bradshaw. “The silent bidding will start there, then these items plus many more will be at the booth in The Holiday House.”
While at Emporia’s newest pub, patrons can make donations towards Addie’s care and be allowed to pick something from a “Treasure Box.”
“My distributors have given me all kinds of little things, bottle openers, coaster, T-shirts, koozies and so forth,” Bradshaw said. “Even if it’s just a dollar, anyone who makes a donation will get to pick something from the Treasure Chest.”
Mulready’s Pub is located at 717 Commercial St. and The Holiday House, 504 Commercial Street. The silent auction closes at 10 p.m. Dec. 12 during Emporia Main Street’s holiday midnight madness.
Rick Becker, owner of Mulkready’s said: We started this (business) a cornerstone in town. We don’t want to just take and take; we want to give back, whether its a poster in the window or a few hours devoted to a cause.” The standard Tuesday special at Mulready’s is $1 off draft beers from 4 to 7 p.m.
Bradshaw’s “100% Addie” booth has other Bowyer items (a women’s T-shirt and ball cap) and lots of football items from the Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Jayhawks.
She has a second booth with polished granite serving items and other elegant holiday decor where 20 percent will go to the Ortegas.
Keep track of what is being offered at The Holiday House via their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Holidayhouseemporia.