WINCHESTER — The Henry and William Evans Home for Children and the Winchester Rescue Mission have been selected as beneficiaries of WINC Radio’s 2019 Chain of Checks campaign.

The theme of this year’s fundraiser is “Headed Home: A Journey Out of Homelessness.”

Eighty percent of the individuals living at the Winchester Rescue Mission‘s shelter at 435 N. Cameron St. have a mental health diagnosis, according to a Chain of Checks media release. By addressing those issues, the nonprofit helps its residents regain independence.

The Evans Home for Children at 330 E. Leicester St. works with homeless parents by temporarily housing their children until they can find a safe place to live.

The Rescue Mission and Evans Home were selected from a total of 25 nonprofit organizations that applied for this year’s Chain of Checks proceeds, the release states.

Fundraising events for the 2019 campaign will include screenings of Christmas movies starting July 27 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd., a golf tournament on Oct. 14 at Rock Harbor Golf Course at 365 Rock Harbor Drive, Christmas concerts, collection jars, a two-day Radiothon broadcast on 92.5 WINC FM on Dec. 19 and 20, and more.

Since its inception in 1986, the annual Chain of Checks has raised more than $1.3 million for dozens of local nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity, Blue Ridge Hospice, The Laurel Center, NW Works Inc. and Winchester Day Nursery. The beneficiary of last year’s campaign, Froggy’s Closet at 32 E. Piccadilly St. in Winchester, was presented with a check for $82,007.85.

For more information and updates on the 2019 Chain of Checks campaign, visit winc.fm.

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