Tuesday, October 17, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . October 17, 2006 . . . The Scripps Howard Foundation has signed on to help sponsor Charity Night at the Tables, A Celebration of Community Giving, allowing the annual Northern Kentucky gala to benefit eight local charities in 2007, up from six in recent years. Selection of the eight charities was announced by Ruth Eger, vice president of the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Fifth Third Bank and The Yearlings, who have supported Charity Night at the Tables since its inception in 2002, continue as sponsors of the event, set for March 17, 2007, in the Maker's Mark VIP Tent at Turfway Park.
"The Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce the beneficiaries of Charity Night at the Tables for 2007," said Eger. "We received a record number of applications from area non-profits and then had the difficult task of selecting the recipient organizations. It was obvious that more and more of these non-profit agencies are dealing with significant reductions in funding, and we decided to increase the number of recipients from six to eight.
"We are very excited about this year's mix of non-profits, as they provide a broad range of services to our community and have been doing so for years—some for three, four, or more decades. With additional sponsors this year we are able to distribute more money back to these agencies to continue their good work."
Hosted annually by the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation and Turfway Park, Charity Night at the Tables presents a night of Monte Carlo gaming fueled by friendly competition and play money. The gala is tied each year to the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park the following Saturday, as each charity chooses a horse running in the track's biggest race of the year. As in previous years, the charity whose horse finishes best in 2007 will take home $10,000 for its work. The other seven charities are guaranteed at least $3,000, an increase of $1,000 over recent years.
The eight charities chosen to participate in 2007's Charity Night at the Tables are:
Dress for Success Cincinnati
Advances the economic and social development of low-income women and helps them gain and successfully retain mainstream employment. Plans to expand its services to Northern Kentucky.
HealthPoint Family Care
The Pike Street Clinic for the Homeless is the only source of free medical care and medicine for homeless persons in Northern Kentucky.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northern Kentucky
Provides cost effective living and comprehensive services for children and their families during temporary homelessness, thus enabling them to regain independence.
Kentucky 4-H Foundation
Offers educational programming to all youth ages 5-19 in Kentucky's 120 counties, promoting character development, education, and innovation.
New Hope Family Life Center
Provides professional guidance and support to individuals and families experiencing difficulties such as separation, divorce, grief, dependency issues, and other issues related to child rearing.
The Parish Kitchen
Daily offers a full free meal to anyone who comes to the door, with its 500 volunteers and small staff focusing specifically on providing dignity, respect, attention, affection, and hospitality.
Senior Services of Northern Kentucky
Works to preserve the independence and dignity of elderly citizens through Meals on Wheels, home repair, housekeeping, transportation, in-home visits, and other services.
The Steinford Toy Foundation
With more than 100 volunteers, provides Christmas toys to more than 1,600 underprivileged children in Northern Kentucky each year.