Women's shelter gets unusually big donation right on time

$750 will likely go to rooming budget

State Journal staff report Published:

The Franklin County Women’s Shelter received a $750 check Tuesday afternoon, an unusually large donation for the shelter, Director Josie Kirker said.

The Central Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants raised the money during a training event attended by 166 people and held Sept. 27-28 in Frankfort.

The AGA chapter had previously donated $100 to the shelter in August, raised from a candy sale at a chapter meeting, but Andy Daigle, community service director for the chapter, decided they needed to raise more.

“We decided to go back at it again,” Daigle said.

During the training event, they raised more than $500 from candy sales, and the rest of the money was added from a regular quarterly donation the AGA chapter usually gives to a charity.

Kirker said most of the shelter's money usually comes from individual donors and grants.

“This is one the largest amounts we’ve gotten from an organization,” Kirker said Tuesday as she was presented the check. “We expected $500, so this is even more wonderful.”

Kirker said the shelter hasn't decided exactly what the money will be used for, but it will most likely go toward paying for hotel stays, which is when the shelter pays for hotel rooms for women they can't house.

So far this year, Kirker said she’s spent more than $5,000 on hotel stays for women, and she only budgeted for $2,900.

Lee Ann Watters, president of the AGA chapter, and Daigle presented the check to Kirker at the Women’s Shelter Tuesday.

Watters said the chapter usually doesn’t raise this much money during fundraisers, but Daigle did a good job of getting donations.

“I think it was just a good cause for people to get involved with,” Watters said.

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