Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Health

September 14, 2011

Events will support health-related causes

GLASGOW — Local residents will have two opportunities this Saturday to support national organizations working to end compelling health problems.

For the barbecue lovers, the Glasgow chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be hosting a barbecue cook-off and auction, “Grillin’ up a Cure,” Saturday afternoon in Barren River Plaza. In the past, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has hosted a local walk, but organizers hope this year to garner a larger crowd with the cook-off instead.

“We thought we would do something that hadn’t been done, and that was barbecue,” said Jamie Britt, a volunteer with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “Everybody loves barbecue, and we wanted a fun, family atmosphere.”

Although competitors can start cooking as early as 4 a.m., the community is invited out to the cook-off at 3:30 p.m. for an afternoon of  inflatables, minute-to-win-it games, a cake walk and a live auction at 6 p.m. The auction will include many University of Kentucky and University of Louisville items, including a UK basketball signed by John Calipari, Britt said, as well as hotel stays, an American girl doll, an autographed Deen Brothers cookbook, Pampered Chef products and many more items.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to buy a punch card, which will allow them to sample contestants’ barbecue and then vote for their peoples’ choice. Official judging will commence at 3:30 p.m., with local tasting judges Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer, Barren County Clerk Joann London, WBKO weather anchor Shane Holinde, Mrs. Kentucky 2011 Kristi Riggs and Larry Glass of Glass Aggregates. The grand prize will be a smoker valued at $700, and there will also be other prizes and trophies.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle. Its focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with cystic fibrosis and ultimately find a cure.

Also on Saturday, March of Dimes will have its Glasgow March for Babies at 10 a.m. in Gorin Park. Local residents can go to Gorin Park to support the local teams as they walk three miles in support of ending premature birth and curing birth defects. The teams have been raising money for the last month to donate to March of Dimes.

The Glasgow March for Babies fundraising goal this year is $26,000, according to Mandy Skees, the Barren River division director for March of Dimes. All proceeds of the walk go toward meeting the March of Dimes’ goal to “help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies,” according to its website.

March for Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and babies’ health, Skees said in an earlier Glasgow Daily Times’ article, and it is the only organization that has completely accomplished its original goal and moved on to another. The March for Dimes organization was established to find a cure for polio, and once that was accomplished it moved on to protecting pregnancy and baby health and researching the causes of infant mortality.

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