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More than $100,000 Raised at Holiday Event for Developmentally Disabled

The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky is celebrating the fact that it raised more than $100,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The 43rd annual "Joy to the World" benefit was held earlier in December at the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati where more than 400 supporters helped raise the funds.

The Point had expected one of its largest crowds ever for the event, but the weather on December 6 snarled traffic for hours and kept many folks home.

Those able to attend enjoyed a wonderful holiday evening which included Frank Sinatra songs performed Don Fangman, dinner, and the auctioning/raffling of more than 200 items. 

WLWT news anchor Sheree Paolello served as master of ceremonies.  

A highlight of the evening, according to organizers, was the presence of Teddy Kremer, the Reds’ honorary batboy whose story appeared on ESPN’s E:60 show.  After working at Redsfest, Teddy was one of the few celebrity auctioneers able to make it to Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati.  Teddy’s smile lit up the room, organizers said in a news release. 

Teddy and Sheree auctioned off his limited edition Topps baseball card, given to The Point by Teddy’s parents. It generated $900.

The Point’s JOY event was boosted by corporate sponsors, which included Remke Markets, Richard Goettle, Inc., Inland Marine Service, Turner Construction Company, Ultimate Air Shuttle, and Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell. 

“(T)he snow storm prevented us from having a ‘full house’,” said Judi Gerding, The Point’s President, (but) “thanks to the support of our sponsors, guests, and volunteers, The Point was still dealt a winning hand!”

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