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CELEBRATION OF SERVICE’ RAISES $576,000 FOR HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION IN CINCINNATI

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St. Vincent de Paul Honors Two Longtime Supporters at Annual Event

CINCINNATI, May 26, 2022St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati (SVDP) honored Sherie Marek and Linda Mueller at its seventh annual Celebration of Service event, held on Thursday, May 19 at Anderson Pavilion and Carol Ann’s Carousel at The Banks. This year’s event generated a record amount of support.

Nearly 300 guests gathered to celebrate Marek and Mueller’s longtime involvement with SVDP and their advocacy for Cincinnati’s neighbors in need. In addition to their annual support, Marek and Mueller were both instrumental to the success of SVDP’s Upward Spiral Comprehensive Campaign, which helped drastically expand access to programs and services through the construction of the Don & Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center. The opening of that facility in 2019 ensured SVDP could offer services concurrently, six days per week.

Through gifts made in Marek and Mueller’s honor, sponsorships and ticket sales, this year’s Celebration of Service raised $576,000 to support SVDP’s Homelessness Prevention Program. This support will enable St. Vincent de Paul to provide rent or utilities assistance to more Cincinnati families, empowering them to stay safely in the comforts of their home.

The support generated through Celebration of Service comes at an especially crucial time for struggling neighbors. Last year, SVDP distributed over $2.5 million in rental assistance and $965,000 in utility assistance, an increase of 66% from the previous year. As many local families face rising costs for housing, food, fuel and other consumer goods, SVDP expects to provide even more of this type of assistance this year.

The platinum sponsor of this year’s event was Protective Life Corporation.

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