HealthPoint's HopeBox Derby Celebrates $500,000 Fundraising Mark
In 2008 The Northern Kentucky Chamber’s Leadership Class entered HealthPoint’s Pike Street Clinic for the Homeless and decided that their class project would be an adult soapbox derby. 11 years later, the program is still going strong and has raised $500,000 in net income.
The class's initial goal was to plan the first soapbox event and turn it over to HealthPoint to carry on and maintain. However, as this event enters its 11th year, many of the 2008 class members remain involved and continue to work and build this outstanding fun day into one of Northern Kentucky’s most successful fundraisers.
The 2008 class along with the HealthPoint staff and volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to encourage businesses and individuals to sponsor cars or to support the cause with donations. Funds raised have allowed services to the homeless to grow and expand from one location – the Pike Street Clinic which was open three half-days a week - to HealthPoint’s three Northern Kentucky locations in Covington, Florence, and Bellevue.
Homeless persons now have access to the same medical services traditionally offered to HealthPoint patients at these locations six days a week until 9:00 pm. Moreover, homeless patients now have access to enhanced services such as dental, behavioral health and ob/gyn services which were not previously available at the initial location.
This year’s Hopebox Derby will be held on September 8th at Wright’s Summit in Ft. Wright with races beginning at 11 am. This family-friendly festival includes kids’ games and activities, food, drinks, and a classic car show. The highlight of the day being the corporate racing teams who have built their cars from All-American Soap Box Derby Kits.