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Now you can waste away in Margaritaville for a good cause. 

The Simon House's annual "A Night in Margaritaville" fundraiser will be held 7-11 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Frankfort Country Club. 

Kevin Welch, the secretary of Simon House's board of directors, said the event has happened for at least a decade. Those who buy a ticket can get dinner from a Caribbean-style buffet, dance to music by a DJ, play games and more during the night. Welch said that there will also be a live auction this year. 

The Simon House is a Frankfort nonprofit organization that provides services to homeless women who are pregnant or have children, such as giving resources like baby clothes and cleaning supplies or teaching independent living skills, Welch said. The goal is to ultimately help women into their own homes. Last year, the Simon House served 534 households. 

A Night In Margaritaville has historically been successful, Welsh said. About 100 people typically attend. Last year, the fundraiser garnered more than $20,000 for the Simon House. He said the event is a "good time" that supports a good cause. 

"We do a couple of fundraisers, but this is our biggest," Welch added. "We'd like to do more than we do." 

Homelessness isn't an issue that's going away, Welch said. According to the most recent results of the Kentucky Housing Corp.'s K-Count, 42 Franklin County residents were homeless in 2018, down two persons from the previous year. 

Tickets for A Night in Margaritaville are $50 and can be purchased at the Simon House, which is at 208 W. Campbell St., or by calling the Simon House directly at 502-223-2138. 

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