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story.lead_photo.caption News Tribune fileRebecca Welsh, right, goes over the evening itinerary with Marjai at the HALO Foundation’s annual ArtReach Auction at the Capital Bluffs Event Center in 2020. Due to public health concerns, this year’s event will be held virtually Friday.

A signature annual event for HALO (Helping Art Liberate Orphans) will look different this year.

The annual HALO ArtReach Auction is set for this weekend, but unlike past years, where the large social event brought hundreds out to enjoy dinner and live music along with silent and live auctions, this year's plan is to keep it virtual.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit organization has shifted event plans, but is still incorporating many of the features of past events, including live and silent auctions.

The annual auction is among the largest fundraisers for HALO, which supports homeless and at-risk children with branches in Jefferson City, Kansas City, New York City and Portland, Oregon. It also has a global reach. The organization began a Transitional Living Program in Jefferson City in 2014 to address homelessness among teenage girls. It also recently opened a house for boys, where boys can go after school.

According to a news release, the ArtReach Auction will feature special guest Oprah Winfrey, who will conduct an exclusive interview with Marjai, a 20-year-old HALO youth who also will be featured in a short documentary film that will premier during the event. There also will be musical performances by Tenille Townes and G. Love.

The auction itself will include items from HALO youth, professional artists, businesses and individuals.

The virtual event is free to attend, with a pre-show starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday and the program itself starting at 7 p.m. To register to attend, visit

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