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Donors Contribute $14,000+ At Clearinghouse Banquet

Posted On April 29, 2014
Karry Hollan, Dearborn County Clearinghouse executive director, speaks at the Clearinghouse's annual banquet on Thursday, April 24. A cardboard cutout of Olympian Nick Goepper stands beside her. Photo by Chuck Folop

Karry Hollan, Dearborn County Clearinghouse executive director, speaks at the Clearinghouse’s annual banquet on Thursday, April 24. A cardboard cutout of Olympian Nick Goepper stands beside her.
Photo by Chuck Folop

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Generous donations are helping the Dearborn County Clearinghouse move closer to its goal of establishing a new headquarters in Aurora.

More than $14,000 in donations were made by more than 100 people attending the Clearinghouse’s annual banquet on Thursday, April 24 at the Dearborn Adult Center in Lawrenceburg. Clearinghouse president Bill Libbert said Monday the organization is very grateful.

The event was highlighted by the family of local Winter Olympics bronze medal skier Nick Goepper: mother Linda, father Chris, and siblings Kasey, Bradee, and Jason. They related their story to the Clearinghouse’s mission and shared memories of following Nick to Sochi, Russia for the Olympics last February. The Olympian himself even appeared briefly via a pre-recorded video message.

The Goepper family (left to right) Linda, Chris, Kasey, Bradee, and Jason were the special guests at the banquet. Photo by Chuck Folop

The Goepper family (left to right) Linda, Chris, Kasey, Bradee, and Jason were the special guests at the banquet.
Photo by Chuck Folop

State Representative Jud McMillin presented the Goeppers with a framed proclamation honoring Nick. It was signed by each member of the Indiana House.

Clearinghouse executive director Karry Hollan shared the charity’s story. Michelle Bunte, a former Clearinghouse client, told the audience about the help she received during a time of need.

Eagle 99.3’s Mike Perleberg served as emcee of the event.

Those at the banquet were asked to make a donation to the Clearinghouse. The two largest donations – one by Maxwell Properties and another by a private individual – were each rewarded with a framed Nick Goepper autographed poster.

Libbert said Monday that the funds will go towards helping the organization with its day-to-day operations helping feed and provide other necessities for the area’s needy families totaling more than 2,300 individuals. Some may also help the Clearinghouse save to purchase a building in Aurora which could become its hub for storing and distributing donated goods.

Anybody who would like to make a donation to the Dearborn County Clearinghouse may do so by mailing a check to P.O. Box 478, Aurora, Indiana 47001.