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Children's Home Returns to Roots with Fundraiser at Founder's 19th Century Home

The Children's Home of Northern Kentucky will host an August soiree at the historic home of its founder, Amos Shinkle, a prominent businessman in nineteenth century Covington.
The Amos Shinkle House on Garrard Street, now owned by Children's Home board member and TiER1 Performance Solutions Normand Desmarais and his wife, Lisa, are opening their doors of the restored Italiante brick townhouse. 
The Shinkle Society Class of 2014 Soiree is set for August 10 in the home, built in 1854, where Shinkle lived for about a dozen years. He lived in the house when he became president of the Cincinnati-Covington Bridge Company which eventually helped create the Roebling Suspension Bridge.
Shinkle founded the Children's Home, known as the Covington Protestant Children's Home, in 1882.
Shinkle’s original home on Garrard Street went on to become a bed and breakfast, run by Covington Mayor Bernie Moorman.
When the Desmaraises bought the home in November 2012, they began an 11-month restoration project to return the home to its original beauty. The restoration project was completed in October 2013 and, in May, the home received Covington’s 2014 River Cities Excellence in Historic Preservation Award for residential rehabilitation.
Now that the home is restored, the Desmaraises believe it’s only fitting that they help us celebrate our Shinkle Society members’ philanthropic contributions inside the walls of our philanthropic founder’s first home.
“While it is our private home, we feel compelled to share it with the Covington community and what better way to do so than to celebrate the great work done at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in the home of their founder, Amos Shinkle,” said Lisa Desmarais.
The Shinkle Society was established in 2011 as a giving circle of supporters for our Home, supporters who provide a major gift, unrestricted in nature, which can be applied to the greatest need of the moment. 
This year, the Class of 2014 is in a unique position to help renovate and equip CHNKY's historic administration building with features such as a student learning kitchen for cooking therapy sessions for the abused, neglected and at-risk children served there and a Shinkle Heritage Room, housing legacy documents and historical artifacts.
Benefits of Shinkle Society membership include complimentary attendance at our annual board of trustees’ dinner, held each year in June, as well as invitations to Shinkle Society members-only events and naming rights for donations of $100,000 or more.
If you’d like to help us build bridges to better futures and join the Class of 2014 Shinkle Society, please call the CHNK development office at (859) 292-4135.
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A premier giving circle established three years ago by Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is now poised to help launch the agency’s next chapter of treatment services for abused, neglected, and at-risk youth. The Shinkle Society, formed in 2011, addresses CHNK’s most significant and urgent needs; to date, the society has generated nearly $300,000 in monetary support and $18,000 in in-kind donations. And this year, the Home’s development office hopes to hit the half-million dollar 
“The Shinkle Society Class of 2014 is in a unique position,” explains Rick Wurth, CHNK Chief Executive Officer. “Our Home is on the verge of a new chapter in our history that focuses on adolescent behavioral and mental health, with specific regard to substance use disorders, and all funds generated by members of this year’s society will help us renovate our buildings to better serve this population.”
Annual membership in the society is typically $5,000. This year, however, members have the option of “adopting” specific areas of the renovation project, each area with a set price point that ranges from $5,000 up to $800,000. Individuals and businesses alike are welcome to join the society and take advantage of the perks that come with membership, including special VIP gatherings, complimentary attendance at the Home’s Annual Dinner of the Board of Trustees, naming rights for certain levels of support, and – new this year – a “Hard Hats Happy Hour,” providing them with a sneak peek of the renovation work they are making possible by their membership. 
Society members will be formally recognized and celebrated at the Shinkle Society Soirée, scheduled for Sunday, August 10 – just one day shy of the 196th birthday of founder Amos Shinkle. This year’s event takes place in the private residence of Lisa and Normand Desmarais, a home in Covington’s Historic Licking Riverside neighborhood that was originally built and lived in by Shinkle and his family in the mid-1800s. 
“Being able to publically thank the Class of 2014 Shinkle Society in the original home of CHNK’s founder is incredibly exciting, and I offer my gratitude to Lisa and Norm for this opportunity,” shares Wurth. “By joining the society, these men and women are following in Shinkle’s footsteps and making an investment in our future – our children.” 
Individual tickets to the soirée can be purchased for $75 each, with all ticket sales also supporting the renovation project. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails courtesy of Jeff Thomas Catering, as well as live music and tours of Shinkle’s former home. Additional information about the Class of 2014 Shinkle Society and the Shinkle Society Soirée can be found online at or by calling the CHNK Office for Development at 859.292.4135.
From Children's Home of Northern Kentucky
Photo: Amos Shhinkle House/RCN file