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Shinkle Society

What is the Shinkle Society?

Established in 1882 by Covington entrepreneur Colonel Amos Shinkle, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is the result of one man’s vision to provide a safe haven for children in need. Now, generations later, CHNK continues to provide safety and care for hundreds of abused, neglected, and at-risk children in the Commonwealth. In the summer of 2011, as CHNK experienced a renewal of mission, focus, and energy, the CHNK team followed in Shinkle’s footsteps by launching the Shinkle Society, a premier giving circle for the agency that focuses on CHNK’s most significant and urgent needs.

Shinkle SocietyShinkle was not born into money. One of ten children in a typical working class family, he left home at the age of 18 to become a riverboat cook on the Ohio River. That experience led Amos to become an entrepreneur – and one of the wealthiest men in Northern Kentucky during the 1800s. Shinkle made his fortune through a variety of avenues – coal, riverboats, real estate, and banking, to name a few – and similarly, he divided his wealth among numerous philanthropic endeavors in the Covington area, including the establishment of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.

Even though Shinkle could have financed the home on his own, he knew the power and importance of community engagement and ownership. So he brought in 12 of his closest friends and colleagues to help make his vision for the home a reality … a home that had dignity both in its physical appearance and in the services it offered to the children in its care. Likewise, the Shinkle Society is geared towards community partners with a heart for service and the financial stability to make a dramatic positive impact on youth served by CHNK.

Membership in the society is awarded to Individuals or businesses making monetary gifts totaling $5,000 or more to CHNK over the course of a fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).  Members receive advance notice of major agency accomplishments, access to special VIP events, complimentary attendance to CHNK’s Annual Dinner of the Board of Trustees and Thanksgiving Dinner with the youth in residential treatment, and the sense of purpose that comes with knowing the investment has a direct, immediate impact on youth and families in crisis.

Recognition of Shinkle Society members takes place annually at a special Shinkle Society event, held in August in honor of Amos Shinkle’s August 11 birthday.

Shinkle worked on the beautiful Ohio River all his life and is perhaps best known for financing the construction of the iconic Suspension Bridge connecting Covington and Cincinnati, but the philanthropy he offered throughout his time in Covington was his true bridge-building legacy. Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky encourages the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community to continue building bridges to better futures for the abused, neglected, and at-risk children in CHNK’s care by joining the Shinkle Society.

Interested in joining the Shinkle Society at Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky? Make your tax-deductible gift today at www.chnk.org/donate.

Class of 2017 Shinkle Society

Individuals

Alice A. Sparks
Alice K. Roberts (in memoriam)
Clay and Shelley Shearer
Dan and Kay Mistler
David and Darlene Barnes
David and Pam Shearer
Doug and Sheila Bray
Gary Weingartner (in memoriam)
Gretchen and Louis Meyer
Haley Ammon Taylor
Hank and Jennifer Gamm
Henry and Elaine Fischer
Jack and Sandra Kenkel
John A. Mocker, Jr.
John Phillips
Kent and Sheila Dailey
Lynn Anstett
Mary Jean Giltner
Mary Jo and Anthony Schmidt
Michael Due and Rick W. Wurth
Patti and Timothy Lally
Paul and Mary Jo Hardcorn
Rebekah Gensler and Matt Butler
Rick and Betty Daniels
Robert and Karen Hawksley
Stephanie Renaker-Jansen and Dick Jansen
Steven and Pamela Crawford
Thomas and Francine Luzak

Businesses and Organizations

BlueStar
The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation
Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Citi
Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky
Devou Good Project
Furniture Fair
The Dr. George A. & Dolores E. Renaker Charitable Foundation
Good Samaritan Foundation
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank
Mercedes-Benz of Ft. Mitchell
Odyssey Financial Advisors
Pediatric Associates, PSC
Stett Transportation