Area groups benefit from Chain of Checks donations

Winchester radio station 92.5 WINC-FM has raised $63,936 for Fremont Street Nursery, Special Love Inc. and the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter through its Chain of Checks campaign, a nonprofit program through The Community Foundation of Northern Shenandoah Valley. Checks were presented to each organization during the WINC Wake-Up show on Jan. 28, according to a news release.

The funds going to Fremont Street Nursery will allow the organization to buy a van to transport children to and from activities, said nursery Executive Director Freda Roberson board President Debbie Buckner.

Special Love Inc. CEO David Smith stated 36 families of children with cancer will be able to reunite and share resources and find support as they fight cancer together.

The thermal shelter use the funds to extend services to homeless men and women for an additional two weeks, according to Marion Schottelkorb, shelter operations manager.

Funds were raised from the Chain of Checks golf tournament in October, opening night of Frederick County Parks’ Winter Wonderland, the Clarke County Community Band’s Christmas concert, the Kernstown United Methodist Church Symphonic Winds Christmas concert, two movie events at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the “50 Friends” collection canisters hosted in area businesses and the Match Day Radiothon on Dec. 11-12.