The organizers at Chicago’s Clara’s House, a shelter for battered and homeless women and children have teamed up with local media for a three hour fundraiser in hopes of generating funds for the struggling organization this season.

“The Clarathon” takes place on Thursday, December 19, at Kennedy King College Theatre. According to the event’s press release, “Clara’s House, a refuge for battered and homeless women and children, has been struggling financially for the past five years. Founder Clara Kirk said, “we need all the help we can get … all the profits from “The Clarathon” will keep us operating, so that we may continue assisting women and families in need.”

Due to cuts in government funding, Chicago experienced a loss of 44 percent of the emergency shelter beds available at Clara’s House between 2011 and 2012.

Last month, Chicago native and NBA star Will Bynum paid the electricity bill for the facility, and hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for its residents.

For more information on this event contact, Shawn Zanotti at Exact Publicity at (312) 265-0941.

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