In November, when the Owensboro Goodfellows Club launched its 105th fund drive for needy children, Bob Clark, the organization’s president, was worried.

He expected the coronavirus pandemic to cut donations dramatically.

Clark said the budget from the annual Roll Call in the Messenger-Inquirer had been cut to $106,600 — from $162,000 a year earlier.

“We expect that COVID will knock us down 30% this year,” he said. “Our expenses are expected to be $168,000.”

But something like a Christmas miracle happened.

By last week, when the organization closed its books on 2020, the amount received stood at $186,015.18 — nearly $80,000 more than Goodfellows was expecting.

“It’s an all-time record,” Clark said. “I don’t know how it happened. When we saw the final amount, we thought, ‘What the heck’s going on’? Did people have more money because they couldn’t take vacations and couldn’t do other things? Did they decide to help Goodfellows? It was certainly a big surprise and we’re very grateful.”

For 104 years, Goodfellows put away money in a Rainy Day Fund.

Clark expected to have to tap into the fund this year for the first time.

But that didn’t happen.

“We thought donations would be down and expenses would be up this year,” Clark said. “But it was just the opposite.”

He said, “Our expenses were way over $200,000 last year. But they were down this year because kids were home and not going to school, so we weren’t called on for assistance by the Family Resource Centers.”

Contributions to the Goodfellows Club can be mailed to: Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302 or made online at www.goodfellowsclubof owensboro.org/donate.

Another link to donate online is https://app.mobilecause.com/form/3ebhXQ?vid=eoq13. Or, text RollCall to 41444.

Goodfellows Roll Call, Jan. 10Previously reported$175,109.36

In memory of Henry E. and Mary Williams LaRue O’Bryan$2,500

Lure Seafood and Grille and El Toribio Mexican Restaurant$800

The employees of Pilot Steel$800

Ebelhar Whitehead PLLC$600

Messenger-Inquirer matching grant for virtual Soup Day for Kids$578

In honor of the extended McKinley family. We miss you and look forward to when we can celebrate Christmas with you again$500

Dale Taylor campaign account$500

Matching grants from the Williams Companies$500

In memory of Allen R. McKelvey$400

William Hedges$300

Dr. William and Nancy Harrison$250

In loving memory of Allen McKelvey and Sandy Andersen$250

Allshops customers$218

Vanessa Roff$200

Paul Walker$200

In memory of my husband, Hugh Hale. He was a big fan of Goodfellows Club, by Wanda Hale$200

David and Leslie Parker$200

David Rush$103.93

Steve and Carla Vied$103.93

Anonymous$100

In memory of our parents, John Paul and Mary Jane Olson, and Gilbert and Mary Simpson by Barbara and John Olson$100

In loving memory of our parents and siblings, Leo and Mary Leo McCarty, Martin McCarty, Dorothy McCarty, and Pat McCarty, and W.A. and Tillie Robinson, Larry Robinson, and Kay Robinson Calhoun by Rex and Peggy$100

Margie and Jeff Ebelhar$100

Patty Wahl$100

Jim and Pat Fitzhugh$100

In memory of Sheila Underwood, an exceptional teacher and person$100

In honor of Delight White, and in memory of James B. White Jr., Davis S. Parsons Sr., and Alma Dean Jones Parsons$100

Anna Street$100

In honor of 6 grandchildren, Harrison, Parker, Aidan, Brodie, Keagan, and Jaycee$60

Southern Oaks Elementary School$60

In memory of Frank, Alice, Donnie, and Jeanie Murphy by the Murphy family$55

Ella Mae Cambron$51.96

In memory of Samuel James Hughes$50

In honor of a special Dad, Robert Lindow$50

Anonymous$50

In memory of Theo Meredith, Jim Storm, and Jamie Storm by Carole and family$50

Norma Ewan$50

In memory of James A. Hamilton by Linda Hamilton$50

In memory of Arch Joseph Drury Jr. by John and Carolyn McCarty$50

In memory of James Michael McCarty by John and Carolyn McCarty$50

In memory of Theresa Rose Hagman McCarty by John and Carolyn McCarty$50

In honor of Clay Bales$50

Tom and Caroline Payne$50

In honor of the Wendell Foster staff by the Johnston family$25

Total as of Jan. 10$186,015.18

270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

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