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Fundraiser offers utility assistance

November 24, 2008

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A local event to help keep the utilities on for those in need will be from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 5 at Zig & Mac’s Sports Bar & Grill, 1540 Wakarusa Drive.

Money from the fundraiser — Turn It On! — will help households turn their utilities back on after they have been shut off. Having the utilities shut off can often be the first step to eviction and possibly homelessness.

Applicants for assistance are chosen from ECKAN, the Salvation Army and other social service agencies.

Former mayors and celebrities will be guest DJs in the fundraiser, which will feature prizes including a pair of KU men’s basketball tickets. Anyone attending the event can get a coupon that will give 10 percent of their bill at Zig & Mac’s to the charity. Donations may also be sent to Trinity Church, 1245 N.H.

Since 2006, Turn It On! has raised more than $11,000 and helped 75 households. Turn It On! is a nonprofit organization that was started by the Lawrence-based InterFaith Initiative.

For more information or to get a coupon, go to interfaithinitiative.org or contact organizer Steve Ozark at 760-3143.

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