- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—GLASGOW — There is less than a week left before the fourth annual Reach Out for Kosair Kids, a fundraiser for Kosair Charities, takes place.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a parade through downtown Cave City followed by activities beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cave City Convention Center on Saturday, featuring a variety of activities for young and old alike, including a chicken wing eating contest, a car and antique tractor show, a basketball clinic under the direction of former Celtics player Clarence Glover, a cheerleading clinic by the Barren County High School cheerleaders, a dunking booth, a womanless beauty pageant, children’s games and live and silent auctions, among others.

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Kosair Charities, which provides financial support for families whose children are receiving medical treatment.

The event is put on each year by the Glasgow Shrine Club, which serves five counties — Allen, Barren, Hart, Metcalfe and Monroe counties.

In the three years the shrine club has done the Reach Out for Kosair Kids, more than $61,000 has been raised.

“That’s the money that we’ve sent to Kosair Charities,” said Freda Smith, event coordinator.

The shrine club itself has contributed more than $650,000 since the late 1960s, she said.

The fundraising goal for the event this year is $30,000, she said.

Smith and her husband, Jerry, got involved in helping to raise money for Kosair Charities because they have a granddaughter, Maralyn, who has spent time in the hospital receiving medical care due to being born with hydrocephalus.

“She’s kind of my inspiration for all of this,” Smith said.

One of the activities Smith helped to coordinate for Reach Out for Kosair Kids is the womanless beauty pageant, which generated $2,700 for the charity last year.

Among the men who participated in the pageant was Freddie Joe Wilkerson of the Lucas community in Barren County.

Wilkerson took part in the pageant because he believes in Kosair Charities.

“I believe in the cause and it’s worthy,” he said. “I just wanted to do my part and participate.”

Wilkerson helped contribute more to the charity this year by entering the pageant again.

Several area school administrators have also agreed to help generate funds for Kosair Charities by participating in a dunking booth during the event, including Brad Phipps, principal at Caverna High School.

“Kosair is a great place. I know several people who have had children who have had to go there. It’s a great cause,” he said. “We obviously look for ways to give back to the community and this is one thing that benefits not only our community but kids in general.”

Phipps continued to say that he doesn’t mind doing things like participating in a dunking booth.

“It gives kids a chance to come out and get back at their administrators right before school starts,” he said.

Phipps also knows how beneficial such a charity can be for families with sick children. He and his wife’s eldest daughter had a brain tumor when she was younger and wound up spending a lot of time at hospitals while she received medical care.

“When you have a child in the hospital and you are relying on people you don’t know to help you, it’s just a truly different aspect,” he said.

In addition to the pageant and the dunking booth, there will also be live and silent auctions.

Many businesses have donated items for the auctions, including Bruton’s Supply Co. in Tompkinsville. The hardware store has traditionally donated a rocking chair for the event, and has done so again this year.

“We just feel like it’s a really good cause and a very good charity to donate to,” said Renee´ Halliday, co-owner of the store. “It does good work and you see benefits from it.”

Another item that will be sold during the action is a quilt bearing the names of 62 people from the five-county area the shrine club services, mostly children, who have benefited from Kosair Charities.

For more information about the event, go to the Reach Out for Kosair Kids’ Facebook page at www. facebook.com/RO4KK.


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