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 goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute.
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