Saturday, June 02, 2001

Festival today for Neighborhood House

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        There will be a festival today at Sands Montessori School in the West End to raise money for new uniforms for the cheerleaders and six football teams at Findlay Street Neighborhood House.

        The festival will feature a basketball tournament, a rap contest and gospel singers. Cincinnati police officers will be on hand to explain to young people how to react if they are stopped by police.

        The free festival, from noon to 8 p.m. at Poplar and Baymiller streets, will also feature games and food. Radio personalities from WDBZ will be there from noon to 2 p.m.

        There is a $25 registration fee per team for the five-on-five basketball tournament.

        Nate Foster, athletic director at Neighborhood House, and his wife, Gwen, are organizing the festival.

        Mr. Foster, 52, said the uniforms cost $9,000. A skating party in April helped raise $500 for the uniforms, but the money will be used to fund today's festival.

        The Fosters have been working to get small donations from companies throughout Cincinnati and are appalled at the lack of support, even for some requests as small as a $25 gift certificate to a store.

        “We sent out over 1,000 letters to these businesses around the first of April,” Mr. Foster said. “And I am so shocked with how many businesses said they can't donate any money.”

        Any questions, call Nate or Gwen Foster, 632-7100.


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