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Praise for staging unique fundraisers

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Editorial: Aug. 27, 2013

ISSUE: Noteworthy events
OUR VIEW: Lots of opportunities to say well done

In the constant buzz of activity that makes up local communities, exceptional acts of graciousness and charity are constantly being planned and implemented. Sometimes it’s a task to ensure the compliments keep pace with accomplishments.

But let’s give it try. It’s time to pass out a few kudos.

  • Communities in Guatemala continue to benefit from the compassion of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club and the Swope Family of Dealerships, which have invested personally and financially in the Living Waters Guatemala project for five years. The Radcliff Rotary and Hardin County AM Rotary are among other local organizations that continue to join this outreach to Central America.

The latest event featured a new approach. The Swopes staged a vehicle auction to raise money for the project, which provides access to clean water. To date, it has offered a direct source of clean water for 14,000 individuals. After collecting donations, staging fundraising events and sponsoring Hardin Countians on trips, this effort by the Elizabethtown Rotary Foundation succeeded in attracting new attention to the worthwhile effort and vitally needed money.

Next up on their calendar is a Sept. 21 concert featuring the Kentucky Vocal Union, which will perform its unique barbershop harmony at the Historic State Theater. Rotarians begin selling tickets today.

  • Speaking of auctions, a recent art auction also offered a new way to celebrate and support one of Hardin County's unique treasures.

It was the first event of its type held in the theater’s First Federal Gallery, which is uniquely equipped for such an event with its track system and specialized lighting. In addition to the theater staff and cadre of volunteers, special recognition goes to Kenny Lewis for providing auction services and Tony York’s on Main which kept guests smiling with a collection of hors d’oeuvres.

Proceeds go back to the theater to help it become more financially independent and continue to offer a venue for many forms of art and entertainment. Let’s hope this auction becomes an annual event.

  • Taste of the Heartland continues to grow and succeed. The primary fundraiser for the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties, the event raised nearly $99,000 this year. In doing so, it more than doubled the previous year. That’s a remarkable achievement.

More than 300 people attended and 30 vendors provided food. It is difficult to imagine how next year’s event can improve on these accomplishments but the clinic and its supporters have reinforced the value of dedication supported by hard work.

  • Speaking of food and dedication, praise also goes to the Elizabethtown Lions Club for its annual chicken dinner.

This fixture on the community’s August calendar has been staged since World War II. It again raised more than $7,000 to support the club’s mission of providing glasses and eye exams to local children. The club also supports about 30 area charities.

Few people in the community can imagine life without some tasty Lions Club barbecue. The long hours, warm smiles and rich history combine to make this event legendary.

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