Rock for a Cause

The Marshall County Rotary Fund has been raising money to help with expenses incurred as a result of the Marshall County school shooting. Many of the students and families have massive medical bills and other costs as a result of the dreadful events in January.

Paducah Beer Werks is sponsoring an event -  Noon to Midnight: Rock for a Cause. The event will take place at PBW on June 9. Along with the music and festivities, there will be a huge silent auction. PBW has planned menu specials for the whole family - all ages are welcome.

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“What Can We Do to Help?”

Event organizer Michelle Thompson, whose daughter underwent surgery after taking a bullet in the knee, says the idea for the event came from an outpouring of support in Paducah. Friends, neighbors, and coworkers asked “What can we do?” and this event provides a way for the community to gather together to help out.

Thompson and her daughter have been planning Rock for a Cause for months as a way to help other families directly impacted by the shooting. “This is community supporting neighboring community and I’m so proud to be a part of it,” Thompson says.

As Registration Coordinator for the American Quilter’s Society, Thompson has been met with a flood of support from artists. “It’s amazing to see the love and support from people across the globe,” she told me.

UK denim artist Ian Berry, whose denim art was featured at AQS QuiltWeek this spring, and quilt artist Karen Marchetti of Florida, whose quilts have won numerous awards at AQS QuiltWeek events, each approached Thompson with donations of their artwork. Ian Berry donated a one of a kind, huge, framed denim Paducah postcard!

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Along with fiber arts, there will be ceramics, photography, metal work, and more among the items up for bid. The silent auction runs from 12 pm (noon) until 7 pm on Saturday, June 9.

Travis Russell, music coordinator for PBW and bassist for Paducah band Art Thieves, put a lot of effort into this great music line-up featuring many local and regional favorites. Come down and listen all day, or for just a few hours.

12:00- Seth Helton
1:00- Abby Potts
2:00- Dylan Griggs
3:00- Jack Martin and Good Company
4:00- Barely Blue
5:00-The Cruisers
6:00-Adam and the H-Bombs
8:00- Chris Black
9:00- Maewyn
10:00-The Positives

All are invited to join together for a night of artistry and community in support of their neighbors. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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The Marshall Strong Rotary Fund

The Marshall Strong Rotary Fund supports victims and their families with monetary donations as well as honoring the memories of Bailey Holt and Preston Cope through two separate scholarship funds in their names. Additionally, the Club assists with community youth programs which directly support all the students affected by the shooting.