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Monday, October 17, 2016

CGNK Happy Feet Ball Raises Money to Buy Shoes for NKY Children

The Happy Feet Ball is November 5, 2016. Provided. 
On Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, the Charities Guild of Northern Kentucky will host their annual Happy Feet Ball, the organization’s largest fundraiser for their Shoe Fund.  The event will take place in the Ambassador’s Room at the Newport Syndicate.

The theme is “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and cocktail attire is recommended.  Entertainment will include casino games from Cincinnati Circus (Black Jack, Texas Hold-Em, Craps and Roulette), Music from McFadden Music DJs, and a silent auction. There will be hors d'oeuvres and open bar, with a special VIP room for Diamond and Spade sponsors. Tickets are $75 per person and available at

While Guild members look forward to a fun night, they are primarily focused on ensuring a successful fundraiser for their Shoe Fund.

“We are excited about this year’s event.  It’s going to be a great party! But we really hope to raise the money needed to continue providing shoes to those children within our community who are in desperate need,” says Shari Lecky, Co-Chair of this year’s event.  “That is our objective.   This is such a great cause, and we hope others will want to help us!”

The Guild's Shoe Fund has provided shoes to children in need for over 25 years. The Guild partners with area schools, churches and social service agencies to identify those in need, and then distributes a $30 voucher for a new pair of shoes at a national discount retail store.

Providing this basic need has enormous benefits. When children arrive at school with shoes in good condition, school officials report that they are able to focus more effectively on learning.  The Guild is proud to currently partner with Burlington Coat Factory for redemption of the vouchers.

One of the best aspects of the Shoe Fund program is that students experience the pride of shopping for their own shoes.  “Most of the time they buy gym shoes and sneakers, but sometimes they choose boots,” reports Amy Kees, the Shoe Fund Treasurer.  “Often they will get a pair of shoes for $20, and then also sandals, flats, or socks to use up the rest of the voucher.”

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Last year the Guild served over 400 children.  This year, the Guild is looking to provide even more and is considering expanding the program to winter gear such as coats, gloves, and hats.

“Students from Newport receive many of our vouchers.  With the closing of the Newport Intermediate School this year, we realize that the walk to school may be getting longer for some,” says Sarah Cameron, Co-Chair of this year’s Happy Feet Ball. “If we can keep these children warmer during their walk to school – we want to do that.” 

There are various ways to help the Guild raise money for the Shoe Fund.  The most helpful is to be a sponsor of the event.  In line with their 2016 theme, the Guild is offering four levels of sponsorship: Diamond ($2500), Spade ($1000), Club ($550), and Heart ($350).  The Guild is also accepting donations for their silent auction.  You can also be a “Sole Mate” and directly sponsor a $30 voucher for shoes.

“This is our primary fundraiser, and we are all working very hard to make it a HUGE success,” says Lecky. “But at the end of the day, we can only be successful with the help of our sponsors and people who buy tickets to attend our event.   We really hope we effectively communicate just how important the Shoe Fund is to our community.” 

If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor, becoming a Sole Mate, or buying a ticket to the 2016 Happy Feet Ball, contact or visit their webpage at

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