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Fundraiser to empower young girls held in Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY. (WKYT) - Tuesday night a fundraiser in Lexington's East End neighborhood raised money for a group working to empower young girls. Dozens of people gathered to help make the event a success.

Tanya Torp, founder of the group Be Bold, has been trying to spread a message of empowerment to girls in Lexington for the last few years.

"Education is cool and they can really be somebody in this world," she said. "We don't want them to be an object of someone else's desire, we want them to be going bold."

The group she founded is aimed at teaching young women to dream big.

"We're a girls empowerment group," said 13 year-old Miozne Guiton. "To go around Lexington and show girls that your ideas can come to life."

Tuesday night, it was Miozne's idea that came to life with an art and music fundraiser.

"When we were planning this whole thing she said 'I'm so excited, cause I'm really starting to see it happen, like my idea turned into something,'" said Torp. "And that's all we want to do with Be Bold is teach them they can have big ideas."

The money from Tuesday night's fundraiser will be used to fund field trips for the Be Bold girls throughout the summer, and to organize more events just like this one.

Miozne says she wants to tell other girls about Be Bold. Torp says the event is a chance to show a different side of her neighborhood, which was in the news over the weekend following two shootings.

"The narrative of this neighborhood is not all crime and violence," said Torp. "The narrative of this neighborhood is we get together as neighbors and we make things happen, we love each other and we support one another."

"It means a lot to me, it's giving me power," commented Miozne.

Torp said, "There's a lot of good going on and these ladies live it every single day, they live the good."

For more information on the Be Bold Program, visit www.daretobebold.org


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