By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer
Abigail’s Arms Executive Director Kim Cook and Capital Campaign Chairperson Karon Sullivant accepted a $25,000 pledge at the Gainesville Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday.
Cook — expressing her appreciation for the funding — said all of the money pledged will be used exclusively at the shelter.
“We thank Kiwanis for their generosity in helping us to make lives better and we look forward to our facility opening,” she said.
She said the shelter remains a much-needed resource.
“We are getting calls every day from people who are trying to hold on until the facility opens and we are so happy to fill this need in our county,” Cook told Kiwanis members.
In other business, KGAF Radio’s Kyle Ingram noted 530 participants signed up for the May 18 “M-o-o-vin’ Through the Mud with Landon” event held Saturday at Circle N Dairy. The fundraiser is designed to help support individuals with hypothalamic hamartomas. The event netted $25,000, he added.
Kiwanis members also discussed “Weekend of a Lifetime,” a self improvement training camp for high school students. The event was held last weekend and was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. The camp curriculum focused on helping students improve their self-images, learn to make friends and cope with bullying.
Upcoming June Kiwanis events include the fifth annual Virgil J. Hess golf tournament set for June 22 at the Turtle Hill Golf course in Muenster.
The tournament is a four person scramble. The entry fee is $75 per player or $300 for a team. Organizers currently have 13 hole sponsors and 10 teams teams. Last year’s tournament raised approximately $7,000 benefiting Gainesville Kiwanis Club.
About the Kiwanis Club:
The Kiwanis Club is designed to make a positive impact in communities. Derived from an American Indian expression Nunc Kee-wanis meaning “we share our talents” Kiwanis volunteers work to make communities better by making a positive difference in the lives of children.
Kiwanis help feed the hungry, find shelter for the homeless, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick.
According to the Kiwanis home page, ‘Kiwanis strive to develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research and more. By working together members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. They believe that when a child is given a chance to learn, experience, dream and succeed great things happen.’