Wednesday, February 16, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 16, 2005 . . . Six Northern Kentucky charities will be the real winners March 19 as the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation and Turfway Park present the fourth annual Charity Night at the Tables, a night of Monte Carlo casino-style fun at Turfway Park. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Held each year at Turfway Park, the event is part of the festivities surrounding Turfway’s Lane’s End Stakes, a $500,000 Kentucky Derby prep race set this year for March 26.
Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank of Northern Kentucky and The Yearlings, this year’s Charity Night at the Tables benefits
Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky
Annually serves more than 900 at-risk children and family members through residential treatment, in-home counseling, after-school programs and adoption home studies.
Family Nurturing Center
Works to prevent child abuse through parenting education and in-school programs and provides treatment for abused children.
The Parish Kitchen
With the help of 500 volunteers, offers a free daily meal to those in need.
Saint Vincent de Paul Pharmacy
Provides free prescription medicines to Northern Kentucky citizens unable to afford them.
Wildlife Conservation Kentucky
Through educational programs and ecological restoration at Split Rock Conservation Park, promotes the conservation of Kentucky’s biodiversity.
The Steinford Toy Foundation
Through the efforts of more than 100 volunteers, annually provides Christmas gifts to more than 1,600 underprivileged children.
Players at Charity Night at the Tables designate their play-money “winnings” to one or more of the participating charities. Then on Thursday, March 24, at the Call to the Post Luncheon for the Lane’s End Stakes, a representative from each charity will try to pick the winner of the race. The charity choosing the winning horse (or the horse that finishes best among those chosen) receives $10,000. The remaining five charities receive $2,000 each.
A hit last year and back again for this year’s Charity Night at the Tables is Turfway Texas Hold ‘em, the popular poker game. Only the first 60 players to sign up (and show up on time) can play Turfway Texas Hold ‘em. The tournament champion’s designated charity will receive an additional $1,000.
Celebrity dealers and disc jockey J. D. Hughes will be on hand for the evening’s fun.
Tickets for Charity Night at the Tables include a buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks, and chips for the gaming tables. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling Ruth Eger at (859) 578-6388 or one of the charities. Registration for Turfway Texas Hold ‘em is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Net proceeds from Charity Night at the Tables benefit the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation. Founded in 1992, the foundation promotes three leadership development programs for the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area: Regional Youth Leadership, sponsored by Toyota; Teacher Leadership Northern Kentucky, sponsored by Procter & Gamble; and Leadership Northern Kentucky, sponsored by the Cinergy Foundation and Bilz Insurance.