Bootleggers' Bash Full of Amazing Silent Auction Experiences! * Imurj
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Bootleggers' Bash Raleigh

Bootleggers’ Bash Full of Amazing Silent Auction Experiences!

Imurj is excited to host Bootleggers’ Bash –  a Prohibition/1920’s Speakeasy themed casino night, silent auction, and party benefiting NextStep Raleigh Paralysis Rehabilitation Center (, on January 25th, 2019.  Bootleggers’ Bash will feature some Imurj artist members on stage, including three amazing bands: The Big Strong Arms (, Sound System Seven (, and Will McBride Group (  A ticket also includes heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Whiskey Kitchen and casino chips for gambling.  Prizes will be awarded for best dressed!  There will be raffles, a silent auction and a live auction with amazing items to purchase.  Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Imurj or Online.


NextStep is a paralysis rehabilitation center in Raleigh which recently opened their doors last September, 2018.  NextStep Fitness Raleigh is conveniently located in the Triangle area of NC and is a subsidiary of the not-for-profit NextStep Fitness organization. Until now, most of the estimated 125,000+ individuals living with paralysis in the Triangle were deprived of the resources they desperately needed to live long, healthy, happy, and productive lives. NextStep’s aim is to improve their clients’ employment and independent-living opportunities as much as possible, while reducing the burdens of their caregivers dramatically.


Karen Thor, Executive Director for NextStep says, “We are so excited to have our first major fundraising event at Imurj!  The local businesses in the Triangle and beyond were so generous in donating so many amazing items for our auction. Add to that the event itself, with three bands, casino games, AND great food and drinks, including food by Whiskey Kitchen – always delicious – and a special vodka drink concocted by the mixologists at Social House Vodka as well as a plethora of yummy drinks provided by Imurj. It’s going to be a great party for a very worthy cause. Hope to see you and all your friends there!”





  • A Blowing Rock getaway – A 2 night stay at The Inn at Ragged Gardens and dinner at The Best Cellar, a fabulous restaurant in Blowing Rock.
  • Holden Beach Vacation – 1 week at a 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath reverse floor plan house one lot off of the intercoastal waterway.
  • One week stay in Topsail Island – more details to follow.



  • Round of golf for 4 at Prestonwood Country Club.
  • Six rounds of golf at Lonnie Poole golf course

2 tickets to a Hurricanes game and dinner for 2 at Bella Monica, close to PNC Arena

  • Round of golf for 4 at Hope Valley Country Club in Durham.
  • Duke Football: 4 tickets to home game and football signed by Coach Cutcliffe
  • Duke Basketball: 2 tickets to Duke vs. Wake Forest with a team signed jersey
  • Duke Baseball: tickets in PNC suite at Durham Bull Park.  Fits 15. Includes food and parking, ball and jersey signed by the whole team.
  • 2 tickets for the American Dance Festival, certificate for 3 drop in classes of yoga, music, dance or conditioning at Threehouse Studios and lunch ($50) at It’s A Southern Thing
  • 2 UNC Football tickets for UNC/App State game in Chapel Hill and $50 in gift cards for drinks and/or food at Might As Well

4 tickets to a Durham Bulls game and lunch or dinner at It’s A Southern Thing ($100)

  • Red Hat tickets to Jon Bellion on June 15 with one night stay at the Raleigh Marriott and dinner for two at Parkside Diner.
  • $500 discount off wedding DJ
  • 6 Raleigh Trolley Pub tickets

One year Dual/Family membership to North Carolina Museum of Art




  • 1 night stay and breakfast for 2 at The Mayton Inn in Cary, a  $50 gift certificate to The Academy Bistro, and 2 tickets to The Cary Theater.
  • Maximillian’s Grill in Cary – Private 6 course chefs dinner for 6..  Restaurant will be closed to the public so this will be a private event with a menu chosen by the chefs.  Sunday or Monday evening only.
  • Crawford and Son – $150 gift card
  • Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana – 4 course chef’s dinner for four
  • Hummingbird – Brunch for four with mimosas
  • Poole’s Diner – 4 course dinner for four plus a welcome cocktail and wine pairings and two signed copies of Ashley’s book: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner
  • Dinner for two at Capital Club 16
  • Social House Vodka/Whiskey Kitchen party at your private residence.


Packages are subject to change prior to the event.


EVENT DETAILS – Bootleggers’ Bash




NextStep Raleigh – Our Story

In November of 2015, Karen Thor’s son, Michael Thor, co-owner of Whiskey Kitchen, was hit by a car while on his motorcycle.  The accident broke his neck and instantly paralyzed him from the neck down. He and his family spent the next 2 1/2 years in Atlanta at the Shepherd Center so he could get intensive rehabilitation.  When it came time to move back to Raleigh, they worried about how he could continue to improve once back home, as there was nothing in place that would match the type of therapy he was receiving at Shepherd Center. Most people struggling with paralysis face this same issue – there are few, if any, acceptable long-term activity-based therapy options in their home communities. The solution was to open a NextStep Fitness paralysis recovery center in Raleigh.  To take Michael home, yet keep him in intensive activity-based training is what started this idea. To serve others in the Triangle is what has pushed this idea forward. This rehab center in Raleigh allows Michael and the many other paralyzed individuals in the area to benefit from intensive activity-based therapy and the creation of a community to provide social outlets and activities with a holistic approach to recovery. NextStep Raleigh is an affordable, state-of-the-art, community-based paralysis recovery and fitness center that offers standardized activity-based therapy programs and interventions, based on research; the center provides the best chance for recovery, independence, and health.


About Imurj

Imurj is described as a collaborative music and art community center.  This passion-project from co-founders, Heather Burns and Karl Thor, is a place for all musicians, artists, teachers, and patrons to create, perform and engage in art. Imurj’s objective is to strengthen the local art community by providing an incubator for local talent, from amateur to professional, with cross-fertilization between performance and visual artistic mediums. Imurj’s 6000 square foot space located at 300 S. McDowell St in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district (underneath the Whiskey Kitchen) houses well-equipped music, video, and art production studios, as well as a café/bar with stages for live performances, demonstrations, lectures, and seminars.  Local artists and musicians have the opportunity to join Imurj for a free one year membership.