Banquet Will Raise Funds For Dearborn Co. Clearinghouse; RSVP’s Being Accepted
By Katlyn Reece
(Dearborn County, Ind.) - The numbers are proof that hunger is a real and present problem in southeast Indiana.
Before the economy crashed in 2008, the organization served less than 900 clients in Dearborn and Ohio counties, according to executive director Karry Hollan. Today, that client list registers close to 2,300 being assisted with lunches, groceries, utilities, Christmas toys, and more.
Clearinghouse President Bill Libbert says the organization is outgrowing its storage and facilities at churches throughout the county.
The Dearborn County Clearinghouse will be hosting a Hunger Awareness Banquet on Thursday, April 24. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event begins 6:30.
Proceeds raised at the dinner will be used to help the Dearborn County Clearinghouse acquire and remodel a pre-existing building on George Street in Aurora to serve as its headquarters and main storage space.
Olympic medalist Nick Goepper, of Hidden Valley, will make a video appearance at the banquet. His parents, Chris and Linda Goepper, will be there in person to speak about their experience raising an Olympian and attending the winter games in Russia.
A special presentation will be made by State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville). Hollan will present the Clearinghouse story, including its past, present, and future vision. A woman who received a hand up from the organization, Michelle Bunte, will provide a testimony on what the Clearinghouse did for her. Closing remarks will be made by Libbert.
Eagle 99.3 news director Mike Perleberg will be the master of ceremonies at the banquet.
There is no fee to attend the event, but attendees will be asked to support the Clearinghouse’s mission by making a donation. Lump sums or monthly pledges are welcome.
Invitations will be available at the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, 320 Walnut Street, in Lawrenceburg. To RSVP call William Libbert at (812) 537-2583 or by clipping the bottom off of the available invitations and leaving it at the Chamber of Commerce office.
Libbert asks that attendees RSVP by Thursday, April 17.