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The Sixth Annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the following:
Noon-1 Elizabeth Steward
1-2 Robin Stephenson
2-3 Bodie McKinley
3-4 CHD Recognition Walk
4-5 David Pitt
5-5:30 Connie Hon
5:30-6:15 David Stahl
6:15-7 Journey’s End
Vendors will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the Walk. Some of the vendors are Usborne Books, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Stitches ‘n Stuff, Team Spirit, Duvita and Amway. There will also be someone selling handmade scarfs and hair bows.
There will be a “Silent Auction” during the Walk with items donated from local businesses and individuals, along with several tickets to Kentucky parks, Newport Aquarium and other entertainment places. You do not have to be present to win.
There will be several opportunities for individuals to support the walk this year. The Owen County Primary and Elementary Schools, along with the Bowling Middle School, will be participating in the “Change for CHDs,” a fund-raiser that goes from Feb. 7 through Feb. 18. Students from the schools will be asked to bring in their loose change during the drive. A class from each school will win a pizza party.
Several businesses in Owen and Carroll counties have agreed to sell hearts to their patrons for $1. If you purchase one or more of these hearts, your name will go on them and they will be placed inside the business to show that you supported the Walk for Awareness of CHDs. If your business has not yet been contacted about selling the hearts and you are interested in participating, please contact Katie Columbia at 463-2450 and hearts will be delivered to you.
Donations for the Walk will be accepted through the month of February. If you are interested in donating, selling the hearts in your business, or in forming a team to participate in the walk, please contact Columbia at 463-2450, Meg Fitzgerald at (859) 620-0289 or Kenda Franks at 484-0659.
The walk is open to the public. You do not have to be on a team to come and enjoy the entertainment and food and help us raise awareness of congenital heart defects. The walk is sponsored by God’s Special Little Hearts and the Owen County Extension Homemakers, and it benefits the Kentucky Children’s Hospital/Cardiology Division at the University of Kentucky and God’s Special Little Hearts, which helps families affected by CHDs.
Help raise money to help those affected by the No. 1 birth defect, which affects one in 100 births.