Winter Sanctuary plans fundraisers

MOUNT VERNON – For the second year in a row, the Winter Sanctuary, the homeless shelters in Mount Vernon, will hold fundraisers with the distinctly different flavors of city and country.

The two fundraisers, a home tour and Donkey Doo, will help fund operations at the shelters for the 2018 season.

Timed with flower blossoming and warm weather, the third annual home tour 1-5 p.m. June 25 will offer entry into five homes, none on any of the previous tours. Tickets will be $10 each.

On Aug. 10, 2-7 p.m., the shelters will hold Donkey-doo, with more chances for ticket purchasers to win than at last year’s inaugural event. As last year, the shelter will sell tickets corresponding to squares marked out on a field at 11660 Upper Gilchrist Road in Mount Vernon, near Knox County Head Start and the Knox County Health Department. When donkeys released into the field make droppings in a square, the holder of a ticket for that square wins a prize. Tickets are $5 each. The number of participating donkeys will increase, thus increasing ticket purchasers’ chances as well.

The Winter Sanctuary consists of separate shelters for men and women at 401 W. Vine St. The shelters are in operation Nov. 1-April 1.  In addition to operations, funds generated by the two events will go to possible future expansion of the shelters to include housing for families.