Today might be the first day you’ve thought about the Goodfellows Club in a while. That’s OK. We know you have things to do.

But if this is the first time you’ve thought about Goodfellows lately, you’re probably not a teacher or school official with the Owensboro or Daviess County school districts. Officials in the schools call on Goodfellows almost every day of the school year to help students in need get clothes that fit, coats and shoes that aren’t second-hand or worn out, and even emergency dental care.

For a child, having new, well-fitting clothes and shoes — as opposed to a brother or sister’s hand-me-downs — can make a big difference in a kid’s ability to learn and succeed at school. That’s why some of Goodfellows’ biggest supporters are teachers and school officials.

At the Daviess County Public Schools administrative office on Southeastern Parkway, employees hold their annual soup and chili Goodfellows fundraiser in October. This year, the event fell on Halloween.

“We had 20 different chilis and soups to choose from, and everyone tries to bring something,” said Julia Hobbs, a member of the board office’s “Fun is Good” committee.

Workers at central office and the Learning Center cooked chili and soups, and everyone paid for lunch. The event is also a competition with traveling trophies: Each person received a few tickets to vote for their favorite dish when they paid for lunch — but they were also encouraged to buy extra votes, with the proceeds going to Goodfellows, of course. 

“If they want to get extra tickets, they can. So, someone can stuff their own ballot box,” Hobbs said. 

There was also a silent auction and contest. In all, the event raised $1,419 for Goodfellows, Hobbs said. Every penny Goodfellows receives goes directly toward helping children. 

“We appreciate everything Goodfellows does for our district’s kids,” Hobbs said. “We think it’s a very worthy cause. There are a lot of kids in need.”

Contributions to the Goodfellows Club can be mailed to: Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42303. Donations can also be dropped off at the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. People can also contribute online at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute.

Previously reported ........................ … $136,168.39

B. J. Killian Foundation $3,000

Harry E. and Mary Williams

Larue O’Bryan Family Fund $2,500

Marathon Petroleum matching

funds ................................................. $338

Kenergy $250

David and Karen Boeyink $200

In memory of Tom Payne by

the Bumm family: Becky,

Marty, Barry, Kathy, Tonya,

Eric, and Martin Sr. $120

In memory of Tom Payne by the

family of Hilda Kopp Wheeler $100

Southern Star matching gift for

Mark Rouse $100

James Madole $100

William Raymer … $100

William Raymer … $50

William Raymer … $50

In memory of Anna Reynolds

by Randall and Dana Hurt… $50

In memory of Anna Reynolds

by William and Majella Mills… $40

Texas Gas matching gift for

Garrett Williams … $30

Total as of June 30 … $143,196.39

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