Sam's Club Kosair campaign closes with KidzFest

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By Carly Besser

The six-week campaign fundraiser for Kosair Children’s Hos­pital will come to a close June 11 with three events left on the agenda.

Sam’s Club in Eliza­bethtown has a hefty goal of raising $20,000 for the hospital, and has made half of it in the preceding five weeks of fundraising events.

Saturday is KidzFest, which features food and booths from local businesses in the parking lot of Sam’s Club. Activities include face painting, balloon animals, cupcake decorating, mini art classes, a bouncy house and a dunk tank. Admission is free.

A dunk tank is featured from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and magician Aaron Harp has shows at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Harp will perform walk-around magic tricks between the two shows.

A live cake and gift basket auction is at 2 p.m. The cakes listed in the auction are donated by local bakeries such as The Whistlestop, Sugar Fashion Cakes, The Pie Kitchen, Tony York’s on Main and Cakes by Sharon.

Vemihan Qaisi, Chil­dren’s Miracle Network event coordinator for Sam’s Club in Elizabethtown, said the club raised $5,000 when they orchestrated an event similar to KidzFest last year.

“I think we can do it again,” Qaisi said. “We have such a great community here. They always seem to come together when it is needed the most.”

Following KidzFest is Evening at the State, a dinner fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Historic State Theater on West Dixie Avenue.

All volunteers for the campaign are associates of Sam’s Club, volunteering in various ways such as calling local businesses for donations, running events and donating money for Kosair. The evening will feature a meal catered by Tony York’s on Main, a silent auction and performance by comedian Keith McGill, who has appeared on Country Music Television, Black Entertainment Television and the Bob and Tom Show.

“We’re really excited to have him,” Qaisi said. “He’s definitely seen the national stage, and he’s really funny. I think he’ll be a perfect match.”

The campaign will be concluded with a book signing and meet and greet with Hardin County authors at Sam’s Club.

The reason behind the campaign hit hardest for Sam’s Club associates when they visited Kosair Children’s Hospital to see what their money was going toward. New equipment and renovations necessary for ideal medical treatment are two highlighted areas where proceeds will directly benefit the children.

“It feels great to be part of that,” Qaisi said. “It was really touching and heartwarming to see where all of our hard work goes. It puts things into perspective for us. The money stays in the community and it helps children and families.”

Those who want to donate to the campaign, but can’t make it to the scheduled events, can mail a check to Sam’s Club or provide a flat donation at the store.

“We want a really good turnout this year,” Qaisi said. “We need all the money we can get for (children at Kosair).”

Donations for the campaign will be accepted until the final fundraising day of June 11. Tickets for the Evening at the State are $75 for individuals and $550 for a table of eight. For more ticket information, call 270-763-0755 or 270-312-3833. Tickets can be purchased at the Sam’s Club Pharmacy.

Carly Besser can be reached at 270-505-1740 or cbesser@thenewsenterprise.com.