Thursday, September 07, 2000

Key Foundation celebration to be benefit, too, as usual

By Anna Guido
Enquirer Contributor

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Less than a month after hosting its most successful fund-raiser ever — a golf outing at Four Bridges Country Club in Liberty Township — the Key Foundation of Southeastern Butler County is planning its seventh annual Key Event.

        The Key Event is the signature dinner party that was the start of the grass-roots charity group.

        “What better way to celebrate our success than with good food and good fellowship, and I think the Key Event is something that does that,” said founding member and board president Patti Alderson.

        Beyond the Key Event, the group has an eye on growth. Board members this week are meeting with a facilitator in hopes of drawing up a master plan.

        “We're going to try and plot our direction and goals,” Mrs. Alderson said.

        Key Event organizers last year began expanding their efforts by establishing a foundation and holding more fund-raisers with broader appeal, including the recent golf outing.

        The golf outing drew 168 golfers and raised $36,000, making it the most successful fund-raiser to date and bringing the group's total earnings to nearly $140,000.

        The Key Event was established several years ago by women from Liberty and West Chester townships.

        Proceeds from the dinner party have been earmarked over the years for such groups as the American Cancer Society and Reach Out Lakota.

        To date, the Key Event has raised more than $100,000.

        This year's Key Event will be Sept. 23 at the Cincinnati Marriott North on Union Centre Boulevard. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a cocktail party and silent auction featuring items donated by merchants.

        During the cocktail party, guests will open one of several miniature doors containing the location and directions to one of 17 dinner parties at participating homes in Liberty and West Chester townships. The Encore Cafe and J. Annette's, both of West Chester Township, are catering the dinner parties.

        Tickets are $150 a couple, or $250 for those who need overnight accommodations at the Marriott. For tickets or more information, call 779-2725.

        The Key Foundation is a nonprofit organization benefiting groups, individuals and families in West Chester and Liberty townships.

        The foundation has a 20-member board of directors.


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