Thursday, January 15, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 15, 2008 . . . Seven non-profits that focus on the needs of Northern Kentucky residents have been selected to participate in the 8th annual Charity Night at the Tables, A Celebration of Community Giving. Presented by the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation and Turfway Park and connected to the Lane's End Stakes, this year's event is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, in the Maker's Mark VIP Tent at Turfway. Fifth Third Bank, Sam's Club, and The Yearlings return as sponsors.
At Charity Night at the Tables, players try their luck at roulette, poker, blackjack and other casino games, designating their play-money winnings to one of the participating charities. The charity with the most "money" at the end of the night gets first pick of horses running in the Lane's End Stakes, Turfway Park's Kentucky Derby prep race held the following Saturday. The charity whose horse finishes best receives $10,000 for its work. The other six are guaranteed to receive at least $4,000 each.
Charities participating in 2009 are:
Boone County CASA Inc.
Established in 1991, provides specially trained community volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused, neglected, or dependent children in Boone County Family Court.
Emergency Cold Shelter of Northern Kentucky
Provides a safe environment for persons in need of shelter from the cold and links them to community agencies for additional services. The organization's goal for 2009 is a permanent location for a 50-bed shelter.
New Perceptions Inc.
Working across eight Northern Kentucky counties, promotes the welfare of developmentally disabled children and adults and their families through education, growth, and employment. In 2008, more than 750 adults and children with disabilities were served by the organization’s trained staff.
The Parish Kitchen
Daily offers a full free meal to anyone who comes to the door, with its 300 volunteers and small staff focusing specifically on providing dignity, respect, attention, affection, and hospitality. Currently serves about 185 guests each day.
Guides children and adults with multiple and severe disabilities to achieve independence and reach their highest potential. Founded in 1953, today serves more than 750 persons through 24 comprehensive programs.
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. Particularly addresses the needs of the 21 percent of Kentucky seniors who live at or below the poverty line.
The Steinford Toy Foundation
With more than 150 volunteers, provides Christmas toys to nearly 3,000 underprivileged children in Northern Kentucky each year.
Tickets to Charity Night at the Tables are $75 per person. Admission includes chips for the gaming tables, a grazing buffet, unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks, live entertainment, and Split the Pot. Tickets are available from any of the seven charities, by calling (859) 578-6388, or at www.nkychamber.com.