They’ve been making a list and checking it twice to make sure their party is extra nice for all the girls and boys who can’t wait for their Goodfellows toys.

Community volunteers and members of the Goodfellows Club Christmas Party committee have been working all holiday season to plan the 102nd iteration of the party coming Saturday.

Started as a way to guarantee children in need would receive a memorable Christmas, the party has become of symbol of the Goodfellows’ mission that no child should be forgotten.

Barry Carden, chair of the Christmas party committee, said this year’s event would be no different in its dedication to Owensboro’s kids.

“We’ve been working hard, and I would say we are more than ready,” Carden said. “Our volunteer support is nothing short of outstanding. We have great support from the police and fire departments.”

The Goodfellows Club has spent about $20,000 on toys for children attending the party. Nearly 1,000 people crowd into the Owensboro Sportscenter each holiday for the event.

Carden said Santa Claus would be making a special appearance with a procession of motorcycles, and artist Aaron Kizer would be in attendance with his unique painting and performance style.

There will also be surprise for fans of the “Star Wars” series at the party.

Members of local law enforcement and emergency services will also be in attendance helping with cleanup,

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entertainment and everything in-between.

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Bobby Grant, party committee liaison for the Owensboro Fire Department, said the department’s participation with the party has become a cherished tradition he and other members become fully involved with.

“A lot of the people who show up to the party are people whom we might see on emergency runs or in the community, and it touches our hearts to be able to give them a special Christmas,” Grant said.

The party begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Owensboro Sportscenter.

Contributions to the Goodfellows Club can be mailed to: Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42302. Donations can also be dropped off at the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. People can also contribute online at

Goodfellows Roll Call, Dec. 22, 2017

Previously reported … $120,328.68

In honor of David and Marcia Hocker by

the employees of DHA … $500

In memory of the Rev. and Mrs. Fred

Carby and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Carby … $500

In memory of Tommy Emmick and in

honor of Vonnie Emmick by Gary

Emmick … $400

In gratitude for the students and

employees of Owensboro Public

Schools. You are transforming our

world with your hard work and

unlimited potential, by Dr. Nicholas

Brake and Candance Castlen Brake … $250

Vicki and Ryan Robertson … $200

In honor of Charlie Moore by your

staff at Moore, Malone and Safreed … $115

In memory of Bandit … $100

In memory of Baxter … $100

In memory of C.W. and Reba

Bartlett … $100

Joe and Nadine Evans … $100

In memory of A.D. and Deana

Cowgell by Tammy Bradley … $100

In memory of Mary Ann Rhineburger

by James M. Rhineburger Sr. … $100

In loving memory of Russell Rudd,

Mack and Hattie Roach, Roy and

Audey Roach, L.C. and Clara McKinley,

and Rufus and Ethel Rudd by Reva

Rudd … $100

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Luther

Combs, and Mrs. E.O. Newberry, and in

honor of Mr. E.O. Newberry … $100

In memory of Thelma Newberry by

Dennis L. Newberry … $100

In memory of Taylor Widmer love,

Nanna and Big Pop … $100

In memory of class teachers of the

Mary Lou Phillips Class … $50

In memory of James, Margaret and

Jim Alsup … $50

In memory of Hunter and Alex Glass … $50

Total as of Dec. 22 … $123,443.68

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