Phi Sigma Pi sponsoring basket raffle, Homeless not Helpless events

For immediate release…
Tuesday – Nov. 5, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University chapter of the Phi Sigma Pi National Co-ed Honor Fraternity will hold a basket raffle on Nov. 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. in room 108 of the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union. The event will feature a silent-auction raffle of holiday-themed baskets. Tickets to enter in the raffle for the basket(s) of your choice are $4 for 10 tickets. Donations are also accepted and welcome.

Cash or checks made payable to Phi Sigma Pi- Epsilon Rho will be accepted. For more information about the basket raffle, contact Kelsey Taylor at

The chapter has also partnered with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars to present the third annual Homeless not Hopeless event on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium. The event will feature a panel discussion including the director of Covington’s Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, Rachel Winter, and individuals who have experienced homelessness.

The cost to attend the Homeless not Hopeless panel is $5 per person or a donation, with proceeds supporting the shelter. Donation items needed include men’s white crew socks, men’s underwear, hooded sweatshirts, men’s winter gloves, razors, sugar, creamer, coffee, toothbrushes, laundry detergent and cereal.

The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky ( provides shelter to adults who are homeless. It also provides the basic life necessities (shelter, safety, food, clothing, showers and laundry) so that guests will be able to move forward in life. Along with the basics, the shelter provides hospitality and compassion by welcoming all regardless of mental, physical or spiritual condition. It is northern Kentucky's only handicap-accessible shelter and is the only shelter which will take in people referred by the police or emergency room in the middle of the night.

Cash or checks made payable to The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky or Phi Sigma Pi- Epsilon Rho will be accepted. Donations are also accepted and welcome. For more information, contact Holly Ritchie at

Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity is a co-educational fraternity open to undergraduate students attending four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States. Its purpose is to bring together some of the brightest and most motivated students on campus and work together in a spirit of excellence to encourage three ideals: the acquisition and dissemination of information and knowledge through scholarship; the application of professional skills and the fostering of leadership qualities by promoting and advancing the welfare of humanity; and the fostering of non-discriminatory, fraternal fellowship within its ranks.  

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