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Safe Harbor Cornerstone Awards March 23

ASHLAND, Ky. — Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky will hold its sixth annual Cornerstone Awards and 1,000 Women (and Men) fundraising campaign luncheon at noon on March 23 at Bellefonte Country Club. This year’s hostess is Alison Christie.

The domestic violence shelter and outreach facility will present its annual Cornerstone Awards during the luncheon, said Ann Perkins, Safe Harbor executive director. The awards honor individuals who have been instrumental in the organization’s growth during the past 35 years.

The 2017 honorees include District Judge Scott Reese, District Judge Gerald Reams, the Ashland Police Department, the Ashland Fire Department, River Cities Harvest, United Way of Northeast Kentucky and Sisters Sally Neale and Maritia Smith, founders of Sarah’s Place in Sandy Hook.Judges Reese and Reams preside over domestic violence court proceedings in Boyd County and have been long-time supporters of Safe Harbor’s mission, Perkins said, adding that both the Ashland Police Department and Fire Department provide unfailing assistance.

Daily food donations from River Cities Harvest help Safe Harbor provide three meals plus snacks each day to more than 150 residents, and funding through the United Way of Northeast Kentucky helps underwrite vital children’s programs at Safe Harbor.

Sarah’s Place founders Sisters Sally and Maritia were strong community partners with Safe Harbor, providing valuable input as well as referrals, Mrs. Perkins said. The two retired in late 2016 and returned to their order’s mother house in Maryland. They were honored during Safe Harbor’s annual Candlelight Vigil last November, but will be honored again during the luncheon.

“Safe Harbor is thrilled to have the opportunity to thank community partners and individuals who have played pivotal roles in helping us meet the needs of our community,” Mrs. Perkins said. “We can’t do our job and supply much-needed services without key partners, such as those recognized through the Cornerstone/1,000 Women (and Men) campaign.”

Safe Harbor serves domestic violence victims across the FIVCO area of Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence counties. Over the past few years, Safe Harbor has consistently housed more than double the number of women and children compared to previous years. During the past 35 years, Safe Harbor has provided a safe haven for more than 15,000 women, children and men.The 1,000 Women (and Men) Campaign asks residents to make a financial pledge to help continue vital services, such as expanded substance abuse education and care for residents and enhanced children’s programs and counseling. Funds also will assist with continued renovation work across Safe Harbor’s campus. Pledges may be in the form of a one-time gift or may be spread out over a period of years, Mrs. Perkins said.

Tickets for the March 23 luncheon are $35 per person. Sponsorship levels for the luncheon are Gold level/$1,000, Silver level/$750 and Bronze level/$500. In addition to a reserved table for eight at the luncheon, sponsors will receive additional recognition at the luncheon as well as in Safe Harbor’s community room in Harbor Hill.

For more information about the fundraising campaign or luncheon, contact Jennifer Allen at (606) 329-9304 or email her at You also may mail your pledge or contribution to Jennifer Allen, c/o Safe Harbor, P.O. Box 2163, Ashland, Ky. 41105.


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