The mission of the Goodfellows Club is to help children in need, and club members strive to make sure donations from the community are put to the best use for their cause.

That’s why Goodfellows guarantees that every dollar donated is used strictly for the benefit of children in Owensboro and Daviess County.

Kathy Strobel, former president of the Goodfellows Club, said the club achieves this by protecting donations from administrative costs and operating strictly on an endowment from a protected fund.

“Administrative costs are covered by a fund a group of community leaders created in honor of John and Marjorie Hager at the time of his retirement,” Strobel said in an email. “Each year, the Goodfellows Club receives a distribution check from this endowment fund earmarked for administrative costs.”

Members of the club volunteer their time and expertise for the cause, and the endowment covers any costs associated with keeping the club running from year to year.

The fund was established in 1996 by a group of community leaders after John Hager — son of Goodfellows founder Lawrence Hager — retired from the Messenger-Inquirer.

Since then, the club has been able to guarantee all donations are strictly used for emergency dental needs, clothes, school supplies and the community Christmas party hosted every year.

Goodfellows purchased about $15,000 in toys last year to ensure local children in need have a merry Christmas.

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

Goodfellows Roll Call, Nov. 26, 2017

Previously reported … $10,727.15

Anonymous … $20,000

The Womens’ Guild of

Owensboro … $2,200

Robert Shadwick Sr.

Endowment Fund … $320.20

Anonymous … $38.10

Jon Lutgring … $25

Total as of Nov. 26, 2017 … $33,310.45

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