Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Some Good News

Agency 'cruises' for funds

        You can dream, can't you?

        Dream along with the Cincinnati Area Senior Services as it celebrates its 35th year.

        The agency is inviting supporters to join it on mirage cruises. They promise to take you from the sunny shores of Florida to the exotic canals of Thailand, Europe's Mediterranean coast and more in just one trip.

        “Come with us and travel on your imagination and dine in your dreams,” said Bonnie Smyth, director of community relations. “With mirage cruises from Senior Services, your journey of the mind is benefiting the lives of others.”

        The cruises are imaginary trips to raise money for the agency to help continue its services and develop new programs for seniors.

        Mrs. Smyth said the cruises are divided into packages:

        • A penthouse is $1,000.

        • A stateroom is $500.

        • A suite is $250.

        • A mini-suite is $100.

        • Outside double package is $50.

        • Inside double package is whatever you donate.

        The agency was founded in 1966. It provides a broad spectrum of home and community services.

        In 2000, the agencies provided 6,705 visits for seniors to doctors' offices, clinics and dialysis centers. It provided 5,847 days of adult day care services, 5,037 hours of protective services intervention to older adults and 517,648 home-delivered meals to homebound elderly.

        The children at Heberle Middle School Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses will conduct a dedication service 2:30 p.m. today, when they will present a tree and plaque to firemen in memory of the fallen firefighters in the Sept. 11 attacks.

        A quilt made by the children in the after-school program, depicting the terrorist act, will be presented to a police officer.

        Doug Hall, chief executive officer of Eureka Ranch in Newtown, is donating a $10,000 honorarium to a local charity.

        Mr. Hall received the honorarium for judging the Johnnie Walker Keep Walking Contest in New York on Sept. 11.

        The money will go to the Inter Parish Ministry in Newtown, a nonprofit that helps families in need.

        Mr. Hall said he was originally thinking of donating the money to a national charity, but decided that help was also needed locally.

        Annette Krochmalny, executive director, said Inter Parish Ministry has provided emergency assistance to 24 families this month. But she said there are still calls from families whose needs are going unfilled.

        “The food pantry, in particular, will see increased demand from families throughout November and December,” she said.

        To donate to Inter Parish Ministry, call 561-3932.

       Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people committing acts of kindness, let him know at 768-8362; at; or by fax at 768-8340.


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