Party nets money for ‘unforgotten’ cost for college students

RICHMOND, Va. -- A new holiday tradition that raises money for college students took place Saturday afternoon in Richmond.

The KLM Scholarship Foundation hosted their second annual RVA Holiday Day Party at Club Infuzion in Scott’s Addition.

The money, which is raised through ticket sales and a raffle at the party, helps pay for books for students who attend Virginia colleges and universities.

Founder Kimberley Martin and her husband Gary Martin said the event was a day of fun for a worthy cause.

"We were struggling college students, and found out that just tuition is one cost. Room and board is another cost. But an unforgotten cost is books scholarships, so Kim had the vision," Gary Martin said. "And the cost of books continues to escalate every year and this is an opportunity to try and fund and make education more affordable..."

WTVR CBS 6 events specialist Antoinette Essa served as the event's emcee.

The KLM Scholarship Foundation has been serving students who attend Virginia colleges and universities for nearly 15 years.  The non-profit has raised nearly $230,000 to date.

For more information on how to get involved or make a donation to the organization, click here.