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UWCK kickoff event
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The United Way of Central Kansas is busy preparing for their annual Kickoff Event which will start at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13, at the Knights of Columbus. This year’s theme “Stars, Stripes, United Way Forever” will feature patriotic décor, food, and an evening of big laughs with comedian John Bush. John Bush will be talking about his childhood relocation from Hawaii to Minnesota and his UFO sighting in New York City. This thrill ride is filled with rich characters, spot-on impressions and even a disgruntled squirrel. John has performed for audiences of all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s opening for Howie Mandel at Ceasars Palace or tickling some Irish ribs in Dublin, John isn’t stingy when he gives out the laughs. Check out more about him and his comedy by going to Tickets for this event are $50 per person or $400 for a table of 8 for your family or business.
Thanks to the amazing sponsors that support this event, all proceeds will benefit the United Way of Central Kansas who funds 23 Community Partners now, after consolidating with Hoisington United Way. This year’s sponsors are: Diamond- Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Bob & Carol Dema, Concrete Services, Eldridge Fencing, Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend Tribune, Parr Sound & Lightng, Ron & Jane Smith, Gold-CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions, Eagle Radio, Edward Jones, First Kansas Bank, Great Bend Farm Equipment, Holste & Bowers, Innovative Livestock Solutions, Keller Real Estate, Knights of Columbus, Kustom Floor, Marmie’s, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Wal-Mart, Silver-American State Bank, Beckwith Mortuary, Call Insurance, Community Bank of the Midwest, Country Living of Lared, Farmers Bank & Trust, L & M Contractors, Office Products, Inc, T & L Fireworks, Tabler Furniture, Tatum Dunekack, DDS, Bronze-Advanced Therapy & Progressive Therapy, Bartlett Grain, Benefit Management, Inc, Cardinal Pharmacy, Carr Auction & Real Estate, Club One Fitness, Haynes Electric, Inc, Manweiler Chevrolet, Nex-Tech Wireless, Simmons & Simmons Inc, St. Rose Health Center, Town & Country Supermarket, Waters True Value, and Watkins, Calcara Chtd.
This year, the United Way of Central Kansas has a special offer to coincide with their Patriotic Theme. They will be giving away six tickets to the event to Veteran’s in Barton and Pawnee Counties. Even better, you get to help choose who will get these tickets. If you know a veteran, you can nominate them to attend this event. Send UWCK a short note about your favorite veteran and UWCK will select six to attend the event. You can email your submissions to or mail them to 1125 Williams, Great Bend, KS 67530. Submissions must be in by Aug. 3, for your chance to win.