The Belle of Cincinnati

The Belle of Cincinnati leaving the Port of Ashland during the first Pirate Cruise in 2018. The cruise is held annually to raise funds for child survivors of sexual abuse helped by Hope's Place, a regional children's advocacy center. Photo submitted by Tiffany Jobe.

ASHLAND – Ahoy Mates! A local child advocacy center is requesting all hands on deck for a pirate-themed cruise casting out of the Port of Ashland with the mission of raising funds for child survivors of sexual abuse.

Hope's Place, a regional children's advocacy center for child survivors of sexual abuse, will be hosting the Second Annual Pirate Cruise on Saturday, July 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The cruise will take place aboard the Cincinnati Belle, and feature hors d'oeuvres, a catered dinner, entertainment, and open bar. Participants are encouraged to wear pirate attire.

Tickets can be purchased at Hope's Place, or by emailing Tiffany Jobe at tiffany@hopesplace.org. Tickets are $150 for an individual and $275 for a couple.

“The Pirate Cruise is a fun community event, but most importantly, the funds raised at this event provide much needed services for sexually abused children in the Tri-State area,” said Hope's Place Executive Director Lisa Phelps. “This fundraiser allows us to continue to provide quality services, free of charge, to area children and their non-offending caregivers who have been affected by sexual abuse.”

For more information, or to inquire about available sponsorship opportunities, please call Jobe at (606) 325-4737.

Hope’s Place, located at 1100 Greenup Ave., provides specialized medical exams, forensic interviews, counseling, and advocacy services to children who have been sexually abused, said a press release.

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