Sunday, October 24, 2004

'Warmth' shelter seeks money

Nov. 11 fund-raiser has $25,000 goal

By Andrea Remke
Enquirer staff writer

COVINGTON - The area's only cold shelter wants to continue its mission of spreading warmth during the winter months.

The second annual Northern Kentucky Emergency Cold Shelter "Share the Warmth" fund-raiser begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Point Restaurant, 620 Scott St., Covington.

Event features appetizers, refreshments, cash bar and silent auction. Cost is $25 a person. For information, call (859) 291-0600.

The Northern Kentucky Emergency Cold Shelter, Maryland Avenue in Covington, will have its second annual fund-raiser Nov. 11 at the Point Restaurant.

The Rev. Joe Andino, executive director, said this is the only fund-raiser the shelter organizes.

"We're the only emergency shelter in Northern Kentucky," Andino said.

Other shelters, such as the Welcome House and Fairhaven Rescue Mission year-round homeless shelters, require acceptance and or treatment programs.

"This is the only place that some people have to go," Andino said.

The cold shelter holds up to 33 people a night and operates from December through March.The shelter serves homeless people and low-income families with heating problems.

"It's full every night we're open," Andino said. "We have to refer people to the Drop-Inn Center" in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati.

Covington Mayor Butch Callery said the city supports Andino's mission to help the city's homeless or unfortunate.

"I feel badly for people out in the severe weather... it can happen to anyone," he said. "It's important to have a place in the city where people can go."

Sponsors for the event include Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Durr Foundation, AC Nielson Bases and Kenton County Jaycees Charity Foundation. The evening includes appetizers, refreshments, cash bar and silent auction.

Last year's event brought in $10,000.This year, Andino said he hopes to raise $25,000.


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