56th Annual Brotherhood Banquet raises $39,000 to help Kosair Kids®
Elizabethtown, KY— June 23, 2021 — In a year with many challenges, members of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus 1455, the RIASOK Shrine Club, and the Hardin County community came together to raise $39,000 through the 56th Annual Brotherhood Banquet. These funds will provide critical support for children in need through the work of Kosair Charities.
For the past 56 years, the Brotherhood Banquet has been characterized by enthusiasm, giving back, and an event full of comradery for those who have attended. This year to keep everyone safe and healthy, the event was held virtually and was truly an example of a community coming together to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.
Tom Clark, Jr. a local business owner and one event organizer, shared more about this year’s event, “We celebrated the 56th anniversary of the Brotherhood Banquet a bit differently. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we, like many other organizations had to approach this celebration from a different angle. With the help of The Web Guys, Greg Milby, Kasey McCrary and the team at Heartland Communications, and Lewis Auction Company, we were able to form an alternative plan that would be more successful than we ever imagined. Our heartfelt thanks to them, the event’s sponsors for their continued generosity, and the entire Hardin County Community for their support for this year’s Brotherhood Banquet. We are hopeful that the 57th Brotherhood Banquet for Kosair Charities will be an in-person event again. Mark your calendars for February 26, 2022!”
The Brotherhood Banquet is a continuation of legacy of love for the Hardin County community and the children Kosair Charities serves. This event was founded in 1965 by Thomas R. Clark, Sr., Grand Knight of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus, and William J. Harris, President of the RIASOK Shrine Club in 1965. Now, 56 years later, these men would be proud of how their community, local businesses, and their fraternal organizations have continued their legacy of helping children in need by working together, especially during this challenging year.
“The Brotherhood Banquet has uplifted Kosair Kids for many years, especially during these difficult times. Thank you for ensuring children in need have the resources they need to grow up happy, healthy, and safe,” Keith Inman, Kosair Charities President, shared. “We are so grateful and this support is crucial for Kosair Kids, now more than ever.”
Since its inception, the Brotherhood Banquet has raised over $800,000 for Kosair Kids. Children in the Elizabethtown community benefit from this support through both the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program, which provides assistance for families in need of help with their children’s medical bills, as well as the Kosair Charities’ Gifts and Grants Program which provides financial support to local non-profits serving children. Most recently, Baptist Health Hardin received a grant that allowed the Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and BirthPlace teams to purchase new equipment to help some of their most fragile and youngest patients.
Pictured: William J. Harris (left) and Thomas R. Clark, Sr. (right), Brotherhood Banquet founders, traded their organization’s traditional hats to display the unity behind the name “Brotherhood Banquet.”
Note – The banquet celebration was held on Saturday, March 7 prior to COVID-19 closures.
About Kosair Charities: Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, visit kosair.org.