Most of us are familiar with the tradition of holding a household shower for couples about to be married. Family and friends get together bearing gifts to provide the essentials of starting a home. The Welcome House Outreach (WHO) is a vibrant, compassionate group of women that have given new meaning to this tradition every spring for the last 20+ years.
The Annual Spring Shower started out in people’s homes and has grown to over 200 attending at a venue that includes dinner and a speaker. Guests are asked to bring gifts that include household cleaning items, bedding, towels,mops, buckets, and brooms. So who is the bride, you ask? No bride. The recipients are families moving out of transitional housing, such as Shelter, into their own home.
It is a sight to behold as all the gifts gather the night of the event. It is truly amazing what the collective generosity of people can do to make a difference in other people’s lives. The gifts are stored at Welcome House and as families move into their own home, they are provided basics for their households to begin again.
In 2019, we are offering the same amazing experience. Join us at Summit Hills Country Club on Tuesday, April 9th for an evening of wonderful friends, food and drinks, and the chance to change the lives of the women and children transitioning into stable housing.
Join us as Christina Gorsuch, Curator of Mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, shares highlights from her 20 year career including everyone’s favorite hippo, Fiona. Christina started her career in New Orleans at the Audubon Zoo and has worked at Zoo Atlanta and Brookfield Zoo in Chicago before coming to Cincinnati in Fall 2015. Her love of animals started when she was a little girl and watched movies like Born Free and Gorillas in the Mist with her grandmother. During her 20 years career she has been part of many exciting animal adventures including: walking with elephants along the Mississippi river, hand-rearing baby animals, moving black rhino and giraffe across the country, and managing the African Painted Dog population in North America. Christina’s career has allowed her to travel far and wide to countries like Kenya, Botswana, and South Africa. Christina is known as the coach of Team Fiona; she leads multiple animal areas in the zoo including Africa and Neonates which are the primary teams that cared for Fiona.
We look forward to seeing you at 6:00 pm on April 29th at Summit Hills Country Club. The Annual Shower begins at 6p. For more event information, call Sara Kahmann at 859-431-8717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring a new, unwrapped shower gift! All gifts benefit families transitioning to stable housing.