Friday, September 06, 2002

Some Good News


Hey, cool: No fans needed

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        For the first time in three years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul does not have a waiting list of people needing fans.

        Liz Carter, executive director of the society, said they exceeded their goal of collecting and distributing 500 fans to needy families.

        “We are very excited about this,” Ms. Carter said. “When people hear there is a need, they step up to the plate and help out. The cooperation of the partners with us in the fans drive was a lot more than I expected.”

        When the drive started at the beginning of summer, the society set a goal of 500, based on the success last year of collecting and distributing fans and air conditioners.

        Greater Cincinnati residents were asked to donate fans and air conditioners to help provide local families with proper cooling and ventilation in the heat of the summer months, Ms. Carter said.

        “With particular attention given to the elderly, the very young and people with health problems, the donated fans and air conditioners have been distributed through St. Vincent de Paul's neighborhood parish organizations, the West End location and other service organizations,” Ms. Carter said.

        Partners in the drive were: Coney Island, which served as a drop-off site; Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48, WCPO-TV Channel 9, and WRRM-FM (Warm 98) and MOJO 94.9 FM radio stations.

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        The city of Cincinnati sponsored its own fans distribution through its partner in education with Hays-Porter/Washburn School.

        At 11 a.m. Wednesday, the city distributed 39 fans to the school and donated $200 for extra fans or to help out in the free lunch program, said Pamela King, senior community development analyst for the city.

        “We gave the school enough fans for every classroom, offices and the gymnasium,” Ms. King said. “This was part of the wish list we get from the school each year. This is our 19th year in the partner in Education with the school.”

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        Friends and former students of Our Mother of Mercy school are asked to join in the Seventh Annual Alumnae Walk through Westwood, beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 22.

        The cost is $20 and will go to benefit the Alumnae Scholarship Fund.

        For more information, call

        661-2740.

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        Groundbreaking for a new chapel-science-library wing at La Salle High School, 3091 North Bend Road, Monfort Heights, will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 15.

        The wing will provide new science facilities, including six labs, along with two renovated physics labs; a new library media center and extension of the chapel.

        The groundbreaking is part of a five-year, $3 million giving program started three years ago.

        “We already have over $2 million committed to the campaign,” said Ken Barlag, director of development.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs daily except Saturday. If you have suggestions about achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, e-mail ahoward@enquirer.com or fax 768-8340.

       

       



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