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Children, Inc.. to Honor Brent Cooper at Annual Gala as Champion for Kids

Children, Inc. will present its 2015 Charity In Action Award to Covington business owner and Ft. Thomas resident Brent Cooper.

The award will be given to Cooper, owner of C-Forward, at Children, Inc.'s annual Raising of the Green gala that supports its work with local low-income families. Hundreds attend the yearly event which sold out last year. 

Cooper was selected for the award for his years of vocal and visible advocacy on behalf of the education and development of young children throughout the Northern Kentucky region, according to a news release. Over the last few years, he has advocated for high quality early childhood education and funding for these programs through his work at the Northern Kentucky Chamber, as a board member of the Northern Kentucky Education Council, as co-chair of the Read On! Campaign, the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky multi-year regional campaign for early grade-level reading and as a guest columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer

“Children need champions,” said Children, Inc. Executive Director Rick Hulefeld.  “Brent is just that – a champion for children, time and time again.”

This year's event is March 14 at the Newport Syndicate. Tickets are $50 for young professionals, $100 for individuals, and $150 for patrons. 

Each year, Children, Inc. serves thousands of families, and approximately one third of these families are low income households.  Funds raised enable the organization to provide tuition assistance to families for child care, as well as offer scholarships for parents seeking postsecondary education and training to become self-sufficient and find gainful employment.

  • Who:  Children, Inc. and guest emcee Local12 Anchor John Lomax
  • What:  Raising of the Green - a black tie dinner gala with live and silent auctions
  • Where:  Newport Syndicate, 18 E 5th Street, Newport, KY 41071
  • When:  March 14, 6:00-9:30 p.m.
  • Why:  To honor Charity in Action Award 2015 recipient Brent Cooper and raise funds to help children succeed and families break the cycle of poverty
  • How:  http://www.raisingofthegreen2015.eventbrite.com

-Staff report

Photo: Brent Cooper (provided)