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Wednesday, June 27, 2007 07:31 pm

Raise the roof

Event to help support overflow shelter

Untitled Document This year a few of Springfield’s Republicans and Democrats will celebrate the Fourth of July in rare bipartisan form. Could it be excitement over the Capitol’s fireworks? No. The promise of corn on the cob and watermelon slices? Probably not. Instead, says Ward 3 Ald. Frank Kunz, it’s an attempt to aid the city’s most downtrodden. Kunz, Ward 1 Ald. Frank Edwards, Lincoln Land Community College board member Cinda Edwards, and state Reps. Raymond Poe and Rich Brauer will help community members raise funds for the Salvation Army’s surprise winter project — the housing of the Springfield Overflow Shelter. “We need somewhere when the weather is bad for people to go instead of being out on the street,” Kunz says.
Helping Hands, which operated the annual shelter Nov. 1-March 31, announced earlier this year that it no longer had enough space to provide a winter refuge for the area’s homeless, and the Salvation Army pledged to fill the void. “There wouldn’t be a shelter unless someone stepped up to say they would take it,” says capital campaign director Dave MacDonna, “so the Salvation Army looked at a way to have it temporarily here.”
Next week’s fundraiser will help the organization fuel the Springfield Overflow Shelter, says MacDonna, because costs for additional staff, food, and utilities were not written into the Salvation Army’s annual budget. He adds that Helping Hands required $25,000 to operate last year’s shelter.
The fundraiser, which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Pasfield House, 525 S. Pasfield, will include food, drinks, and desserts, plus a view of the city’s holiday fireworks. Tickets, which cost $20, can be purchased at the Salvation Army, 530 N. Sixth St., or at any four of the following Town & Country Bank locations: 3601 Wabash Ave., 2601 N. Dirksen Pkwy., 2401 Wabash Ave. or 1925 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Contact Amanda Robert at arobert@illinoistimes.com.
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