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Event of the Week: A Night to Shine 2013

By Lance Trebesch August 19, 2013


Founder of KEKimber Development, Katshalliam Kimber with cofounder, Eric Kimber.
Founder of KEKimber Development, Katshalliam Kimber with cofounder, Eric Kimber.

K.E. Kimber DevelopmentPromotes Awareness of Colon Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Brain Tumors

K.E. Kimber Development honored those battling colon cancer, brain tumors, and Crohn’s Disease with their third annual A Night To Shine event. The event, held August 10 at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Georgia, not only raised awareness about these afflictions, but also donated money to help find cures.

K.E. Kimber Development was founded in 2009 by Katshalliam E. Kimber. Kimber, a resident of Phenix City, Alabama, is also the founder of K.E. Kimber Financial Co. She is also a part time instructor at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, co-owner of KeeBoo’s Kafe, and licensed Realtor of Alabama and Georgia.

The group began its efforts in raising awareness and donations for cancer and Crohn’s Disease research when Kimber and co-president Eric Kimber reflected back on the loved ones they lost, such as Kimber’s grandmother to colon cancer. The company states that it looks forward to their annual event to support research and increase awareness of these diseases.

“It has been my pleasure to serve as the brainstorm behind the previous years of A Night to Shine. This charitable event is designed to give persons, whose physical bodies are touched with the effects of stricken health disparities, an evening in the spotlight,” Kimber said in a statement. “This night is dedicated to create awareness to these maybe unnoticed disparities and an emphasis to continue exhaustive research measures to possibly eradicate the diseases which are greatly affecting our communities. By allowing persons to shine on this all white occasion, it is my hope that a lasting impression will be created…I salute everyone who has taken and will take part in these successful and shining examples of charity, hope, love, and faith.  I salute your dedication to mankind and your willingness to be a blessing to someone else.”

Al Lowe, the first African-American mayor of Phenix City, with his wife, Eddie.
Al Lowe, the first African-American mayor of Phenix City, with his wife, Eddie.

The venue, decorated in white with purple, blue, and silver adornments in honor of colon cancer, Crohn’s Disease, and brain tumor awareness by Teresa Lattimore, held over 100 people who took part in a silent auction, guest giveaways, and music by master saxophonist Warren Thornton and other selected performers. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Michael “Soul” Muhammad, Program Director and on-air personality of Davis Broadcasting in Columbus, Georgia. The event was very important to Muhammad; he vowed to be a part of the event and indefinitely offered his services to K.E. Kimber Development and their efforts.

The auction’s items included donated gifts in customized baskets from Styles by Denise, Boutique Three23, The Candy Shoppe, Mecca’s Bowtique, DivaDollzInk, and KEKimber Development members. Guest giveaways were provided by Creative Hairworks by Harveta and many donated items by The KE Kimber Development founders and co-founders. Sweet treats were provided by Midtown Cakes, while dinner was provided by Aramark of The Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center. Guests were also able to have their pictures taken by Tristan Devon Taylor.

West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Alabama/NW Florida Chapter received monetary donations in support of their research and treatment of those affected by colon cancer and Crohn’s Disease.

A portion of the evening was used to honor the lives of those lost to the highlighted health issues. Phenix City’s mayor, Eddie Lowe, also spoke to the guests about the importance of the event.

For those planning an event similar to A Night to Shine, Kimber said  that a valuable attribute to have when planning an event of this type is patience. “The best advice I can give [to someone planning a similar event] is to be patient and understanding. Everyone will not support or be in attendance of your event but it’s okay,” she said. “The [non]-attendees simply missed an excellent and blessed treat that is in no reflection of yourself. Those that supported and came were meant to. Success does not come overnight therefore if you have placed your heart and soul into your event nothing else matters.”