Updated: comedian pledges support to C-U homeless group

Updated: comedian pledges support to C-U homeless group

New 4:50 p.m. Monday:

A local social service organization has been pulled into the middle of a fight among public figures but in a good way.

Champaign Mayor Don Gerard appeared on comedian Jay Mohr's talk show on Fox Sports Radio Monday to discuss his spat with ESPN commentator Dan Dakich.  While on the show, Gerard made a mention of C-U At Home's recently completed One Winter Night event, which raised funds for homeless people in the area.  Mohr was impressed and pledged to donate $1,000 to C-U At Home.

Combine that with money previously raised, and the fundraising total for One Winter Night stands at just over $95,000.

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Original story:

Organizers said this past Friday's event in downtown Champaign has helped a group nearly reach its monetary goal to help the homeless.

C-U at Home said on its website that $94,040 has been raised toward its goal of $100,000.  The group said about 100 people spent the night outside this past Friday in cardboard boxes during its event called "One Winter Night."  C-U at Home holds the outing to raise awareness and support to help the homeless.  The head of the group, Melany Jackson, said the money will be used to continue to pay rent for the Phoenix Drop-In Center.  The funds will also go toward the support staff needed to grow the Phoenix as well as the Recovery House and the Family House.    

C-U at Home is still accepting donations. You can find out more information at the group's website cuathome.us.

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