Mercy Health - St. Raphael Hosts 28th Annual Champagne Brunch to Raise Money for Families in Need

(CINCINNATI; October 7, 2014) – Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that one of its social service agencies, Mercy Health – St. Raphael, is hosting the 28th Annual Champagne Brunch to raise money for the Emergency Money Fund, which helps families in urgent need.

The brunch takes place from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 12 at St. Raphael, located at 610 High Street in Hamilton, Ohio, ZIP 45011. Tickets are $40 per person. All proceeds benefit Butler County families in need of one-time emergency help, including rent, utility, prescription, medical bill and transportation assistance. Please call Rita Ringle at 513-863-4461 to reserve your spot.

“The Emergency Money Fund Board has worked diligently to identify creative ways to raise funds for families in need. The Champagne Brunch offers an easy way to support people in need while enjoying delicious food and great company,” said Terry Perdue, Executive Director of Social Services, Mercy Health – Cincinnati.

To understand the positive impact of the Emergency Fund on local families in need, just look at what the fund distributed during a one-year period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 - $82,000 to 742 households totaling 1,108 people, including 825 adults and 283 children. Specifically:
• 32% of the funds went to housing-related needs, such as deposits and avoiding eviction, helping 92 households totaling 236 people, including 116 children)
• 31% went to preventing utility disconnections at 101 households totaling 262 people, including 118 children
• 35% went toward prescription assistance and access to medical care, helping 509 households totaling 515 people.
• 2% went toward covering transportation costs for 40 households totaling 95 people, including 44 children.

Mercy Health - St. Raphael is a social service agency committed to providing emergency services to families and individuals in crisis in Butler County for 71 years. In collaboration with other organizations, dedicated staff, donors, volunteers and community supporters, St. Raphael strengthens our community by investing in people and empowering them to become self-sufficient. St. Raphael’s programs continue to evolve to address the growing needs of underserved people in Butler County and surrounding areas.