(Editor’s Note: Shortly after the April 16 KPA Board meeting, Hancock Clarion news editor Dave Taylor learned that he had Stage 4 esophageal cancer. Just a couple of weeks after getting that news, Dave starting writing a column, “What I learned from dying.” It’s published each week in the Hancock Clarion. It really is some great writing with Dave’s perspective on life and this cancer all the while going through treatment after treatment after treatment. I encourage you to go to hancockclarion.com and in the search bar, type Dave Taylor. You’ll find his columns — I counted 14 — listed there. One thing you will not get from Dave is “Woe is me.” Take the time. The articles aren’t long but they will keep you engaged.)
By Chelsea Boling, Hancock Clarion
What started as a softball tournament to raise a little money for a friend in need, turned into a full fledged community event including a home-run derby, gun raffle, cruise in car show, silent auction, bounce house, and concession stand. In total we raised over $11,000 for Dave Taylor to assist with medical bills and associated expenses, far exceeding expectations! Donations were presented to Dave on Saturday between softballs games, but have continued to trickle in since then.
The softball tournament featured 6 teams and the championship game concluded at 11 pm Saturday night with Boling Chapel earning the championship title. 4Js Supply/Aces Boots and Sporting Good’s team was the runner up. Other teams include GN Excavating & Trucking, Hawesville Baptist Church, Pellville Baptist Church, and Union Baptist Church. Although Lewisport Baptist Church did not play in the tournament, they made a substantial donation of $1,000!
This softball tournament was unique by having a new rule every inning determined by spinning a wheel. Some of these unique rules included starting the inning with 2 outs, batting opposite handed, considering all fouls as outs, and starting with your lead off batter on second base. The crowd favorite was the rule which flipped the bases so batters ran to 3rd base instead of 1st after hitting the ball. Without fail, most batters would start their run to 1st base only to hear the dugout and crowd urging them to turn around!
We had several people volunteer to take on the most difficult role of any softball game – umpire.
Thank you to Chris Finley, Nick McCaslin, Rob Roberts, Chadd Wilson, Ronnie Garrett, Clay Herndon, Collin Johnson, Caleb Keown, Aiden Taylor, Brandon Long, Wayne Williams, Mike Boling, and Daniel Boling. T-shirts for the champions, runner-ups, MVP Donors, and participants were donated from Keith and Nancy French of K&N Printing, and Rob and Stephanie Roberts of M&M Designs.
The silent auction raised over $2,000 and featured 40+ items donated from local businesses, churches, and individuals. We had donations from Hawesville Baptist Church, M&M Designs (Stephanie Roberts), Johnson Plumbing (Ricky and April Johnson), Madden & Madden (Paul Madden and Daniel Boling), JJ’s Pizza (Joann Shyver), A&B Florist (Madeline Sipes), Truly Gifted (Larry and Monie Sosh), Annette Rose Collections (Jessica Wettstain), Karen Rearden, Debbie Boling, Riverview Restaurant (Moe Burk), Pam Bolen-Lee, Kyle Culbreth of KY Farm Bureau Insurance, Sweet Rue’s Cookies (Erica Pulliam), Cinema 66 (Terri Richards), Karen Robertson (PVA), Harper’s Creations (Renae Harper), Complete Wellness, Jason and Angie Curry, Holiday Drive-In, R&L Metalworks (Ray and Laura Hagedorn), Galaxy Pizza & BBQ (Brad Laslie and Grant Robinson), Shayla Renae Lettering and Design (Shayla Pierrard), Vintage Rose Bowtique (Kristen Ford), Simply 4 You (Natalie Jackson), Lewisport Subway, Joshua Dale Hanks, and Color Street (Hannah Helm).
Rob McCormick and Dean Schamore of 4Js Supply/Aces Boots and Sporting Goods donated a Henry Lever Action 22 by Henry Repeating Arms for the raffle which raised about $2,200. The Hancock County Chamber of Commerce ran the raffle and Gary Nugent was the winner.
John Garner organized the cruise in car show. 12 vehicles participated in the hour long “Cruise In” through the back roads and then they rolled into South Hancock Park with Porsches, Jeeps, a GTR, Classics, and over $1,000 in donations collected!
Adam and Nicole Cameron of Spacewalk Inflatables donated a bounce house for the day and it was a big hit with the kids!
The concession stand stayed busy the entire day. Thank you to Shanna Nugent, Justin Nugent, Joann Shyver, Wayne Williams, and Raylee Johnson for running the concession stand.
Clearly, this was a community effort and could not have been accomplished without the time put in by so many. We were blown away by the generosity of this community! It would be impossible to list every donor, but if I missed anyone who contributed their time and effort it was certainly not intentional.