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Multitude of local events raise awareness, money

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Editorial: March 5, 2013

TOPIC: Events raise more than money
OUR VIEW: Always something valuable going on here

There is plenty of diversity in Hardin County Schools and Friday’s fair at John Hardin High School by the district’s revamped Community Diversity Advisory Council was just another way to showcase it.

Visitors were able to view clay animal statuettes, poetry, drawings and food from various cultures from around the world. The displays primarily were created by HCS students.

The objective of the council is to promote respect and tolerance and embrace the backgrounds students and district staff members represent.

“The world’s getting smaller and smaller, and (students) need to be able to work with all kinds of people if they’re going to be successful when they get out of school,” said Kate Bateman, North Hardin High School art teacher.

Students in HCS get a snapshot of the world on a daily basis. Fairs like this one offer not only another opportunity for students and parents to see and understand diversity, but the community as well.

Our hope is this is the start of many more diversity fairs by the Community Diversity Advisory Council.

PICKIN’ AND GIVIN’. It’s not always easy coming up with fundraising ideas these days. But they did last week in Vine Grove with the Bluegrass Jam Fundraiser and Band Scramble at City Hall and it all went for a good cause.

Bluegrass musicians used the event to raise money for Hosparus of Central Kentucky. An evening of music and fun was a springboard to help many patients and families of Hosparus.

Bobby Smith organized the jam and scramble as way of supporting the organization following some time spent working with Hosparus. He has firsthand experience of the fine and critical work the organization does.

Events like this one, grants and donations help give Hosparus the resources to provide bereavement services at no charge to families.

Typically, a few thousand dollars is raised. Not bad for a night of fun and good Bluegrass music.

A BROTHERHOOD OF GIVING. Some fundraisers come and go. And then there’s the Riasok Shrine Club and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1455’s Brotherhood Charity Banquet. It’s going 48 years strong now after its most recent event.

All the proceeds — usually more than $20,000 each year — go to Kosair Charities.

Between an auction, ticket sales, raffle and door prizes, thousands of dollars are brought into the charity to help various needs at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, such as helping with medical expenses when insurance runs out or providing a playground such as the one lost in last year’s Henryville, Ind., tornadoes.

Those of us in Hardin County who have needed Kosair for an ailing child know firsthand of the wonderful work done there on a daily basis.

This banquet is just one way of always being able to offer a small thank you.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.