Cool St. Jude fundraiser T-shirts
12-year-old Kaleb Franklin wins T-shirt
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[June 20, 2014]
LINCOLN - The date of the annual St.
Jude run from Lincoln to Peoria is fast approaching, and Jennifer
Bergman, lead coordinator of the event for the past ten years, is
The August 2nd event is a fundraiser for the St. Jude Children’s
Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. This year marks the 25th anniversary
of Lincoln’s participation. The 20 members who will run from Lincoln
to Peoria are busy raising the $750 each necessary to be a member of
One of the fundraising items is a specially designed team T-shirt
for the Lincoln contingent to wear as they run into the Peoria Civic
Center at the conclusion of the all day run. They will also wear
their team shirts when they appear on the St. Jude Telethon that
Saturday evening the is being broadcasted on Peoria television
station WEEK. Jennifer said “We have a unique team T-shirt every
year, but because of the significant anniversary, and because the
St. Jude run is all about helping children, the local team decided
to have a contest involving a design by a child in the community.”
Jennifer and her coordinating team of Kathy Crane and Molly Donnelly
contacted the Lincoln YMCA After School Program and the Kid’s Club,
and asked them to have the kids in each submit designs. Once the
kids came through with their submissions for the shirt design, a
team from Lincoln St. Jude selected six finalists.
Those six shirts were on display at the St. Jude Quarter Auction
held on May 15. Those attending the quarter auction were then asked
to vote for their favorite with their pocketbooks by dropping
contributions into a canister in front of each shirt.
When all of the monetary votes were counted, the favorite was the
one designed by 12-year-old Kaleb Franklin of the Kid’s Club.
Kaleb’s parents are Nick and Michele Ladage. Kaleb will be entering
the 8th grade at Lincoln Junior High this fall.
The T-shirts are also available to the public as an additional
fundraiser for the charity run. Jennifer, Kathy and Molly can be
contacted at St.JudeLincoln@yahoo.com to order shirts, which are
priced at $15 each, or two for $25. Shirts may also be ordered on
the St. Jude Lincoln Face Book page.
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Who doesn’t enjoy seeing an envelope in the mail box with
their name on it?
St. Jude encourages the runners who are raising money to write a
letter to friends, neighbors and relatives requesting a donation
toward their $750 entry donation. St. Jude provides each runner
with stationary and envelops. Getting a letter rather than an
email provides a more personal contact.
St. Jude is world renowned for its Memphis, Tennessee hospital
for children. There is no charge if a family cannot afford the
world class care provided.
Jennifer Bergman said “We run to Peoria because there is a St.
Jude affiliate there. It is easier on parents in this region to
receive care in Peoria if it is possible, instead of making the
long trip to Memphis.”
[By CURT FOX]