Tres Chic seeks to help families

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Fundraiser establishes fund to assist those at Kosair

By Nathan L. McBroom

Last year nearly 1,500 Shelby County children were treated at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, the only medical facility in the state that specializes in treating children.
Because of how that hospital benefits the community, a Shelby County charity has started an effort to raise funds for the hospital that has saved the lives of thousands of local children.
The Tres Chic Executive Committee is hoping to raise $10,000 on Saturday at its second annual event at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.  
The event, which is one part fundraiser one part cocktail party, raised almost $16,000 for the hospital last year, when between 250 and 275 attended.
Last year’s funds were used for the expansion of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Beth Ann Kovacs, co-executor of the event, said she was overwhelmed at last year’s turnout.
“It was amazing,” she said. “I was speechless all night long. And the buzz about the event has continued for a year.”
She said the event was successful because of the hip atmosphere, emphasis on helping local families and a tangible goal for the funds to be directed towards.
“It helped local families, and people knew that,” she said. “They knew exactly where their money is going.”
This year the money raised from the event will be used to start a “county general fund.”
Any local family that has a child admitted into the hospital that has financial needs can apply for $1,000 in assistance. The money can be used to pay for medical bills or other expenses.
The fund would assist Shelby County families with personal or family expenses accrued during their stay at Kosair Children’s Hospital. This would involve a one-time financial gift to help with everything from meals to gas, groceries or even daycare expenses.
“Sure there are medical bills but there is also the need to receive help with the utility bill, rent or baby sitting,” Kovacs said.
Tres Chic 2011 will feature live music, a silent auction, hors d’ oeuvres and wine and bourbon tasting courtesy of Brown-Forman.
Event organizers strongly encourage you to reserve your table early, before it’s too late.
The music group, New Band of Brothers, which formerly was New Breed, will also make their debut at the event.  
Tickets are $100 for a couple, $75 for a single, and reservations can be made at www.treschicshelbyville.org.  


Tres Chic 2011
silent auction/dinner fundraiser
When: 7 p.m., Saturday
Where: Claudia Sanders Dinner House
Why: Raise money to help Shelby County families with children in Kosair
Tickets: $100 for a couple, $75 for a single. Reservations/more information: www.treschicshelbyville.org, on Facebook or by calling Beth Ann Kovacs (502-321-2800) or Rachel Webb (502-321-4494).