We’re Stompin’ through Broadway
Stomp Towards the Cure is a night of fun and entertainment performed by local high schools, middle schools, dance squads, and choirs. The 7th Annual Stomp is happening at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 15 at the Carson Center located at 100 Kentucky Avenue in Paducah.
The event was started by Joelle Long, a manager at Texas Roadhouse in Paducah. She was inspired by the cancer survivors who ate at the restaurant and wanted to do something to help them. Instead of the traditional walk or run, Texas Roadhouse wanted have a special and unique fundraising event. That’s how “Stomp” was born.
The “Stomp” theme of 2018 will be *cue spotlights* Broadway hits! That’s right, roll out the red carpet and get ready to stomp your feet to some of the hottest acts to ever come through New York. This year there are 17 different groups participating in “Stomp”. Each team will represent a different cancer that affects our local community and will perform a Broadway inspired routine. Kayla Tuttle of Leight July will perform the “Stomp” VIP survivor song.
“What’s awesome about the event is that it’s not just raising awareness about breast cancer or colon cancer, it’s a special event that focuses on the top cancers that specifically affect western Kentucky,” explained Long. Each group will have their own VIP Survivor that represents the team and their performance.
This year, the funds raised from the event will benefit Baptist Health Paducah’s, “Your Fight” Cancer Fund. The Fund works to enhance oncology services and provide assistance to local cancer patients.
“We wanted 100% of the funds raised to help people right here in our own western Kentucky community,” explained Long. “Your Fight Cancer Fund helps those who can’t afford treatment or travel costs. Since our first event in 2012, we have raised over $100,000 that has gone directly back to those affected in our community!”
Along with fundraising, the stomp is a night of fun to come together to celebrate the fighters in our community and remember those that we have lost to this terrible disease. Tickets for the event will be $25 per ticket for general admission, or $35 for VIP floor seating.
- Heath Middle School - Grease (brain cancer)
- Reidland Middle School - Chicago (lymphoma)
- Lone Oak Middle School - Footloose (leukemia)
- Paducah Middle School - School of Rock (multiple myeloma)
- Paducah Tilghman High School - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (breast cancer)
- McCracken County Cheer - 9 to 5 (cervical ovarian cancer)
- McCracken County Dance - Matilda (melanoma)
- Mainstage Performing Arts - Cats (prostate cancer)
- AMPA - A Mix-up (all cancers)
- The Rhythm Factory - Motown: The Musical (head and neck cancer)
- Livingston Central - Hairspray (pancreatic cancer)
- Mt. Zion Preschool Stomp/Childhood Symphony - Phantom of Opera (childhood cancer)
- “We Are Victory” Community Young Adult Choir - Sister Act (stomach cancer)
- Market House Theatre Dance - Hamilton (lung cancer)
- Market House Theatre - Annie (thyroid cancer)
- St. Mary’s High School - Mamma Mia (sarcomas bone/bladder cancer)
- Calloway Middle School - The Lion King (colon cancer)
- Leight July - Survivor Song Performance.