FAIRMONT — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is far from Fairmont, but it’s a cause near and dear to the hearts of a group of local residents.
On Saturday, an annual fundraiser for the hospital was presented by Palatine Park and the local band Jenna Won’t Sing. Also on the schedule was New Diesel Trio, Phil Wiseman, Steven Lewis and Friends and Barefoot Colby. Movements in Dance of Fairmont, featuring several young local dancers, also took the stage.
Organizer Jim Pulice of Fairmont, a member of Jenna Won’t Sing, said the St. Jude fundraiser has been held annually for six years.
“We’ve been doing it for a while,” he said.
He noted the band members are “all kid-oriented” and want to help children.
For example, Pulice said he is a retired Monongah Middle School principal and Greg Patrick, the guitarist, is a teacher at Fairmont Catholic Grade School.
In addition, Pulice said his wife, who passed away just after his retirement, loved kids.
“If we can have one child have one better day than he had the day before, it’s all worth it,” he said.
Members of the fundraiser committee also like the opportunity to help children.
Committee member Kerri Grandstaff, who volunteered for Relay for Life for several years, was asked by Pulice to help out. She’s been involved ever since.
“It’s very rewarding,” she said.
She noted that many people are happy to donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Committee member Marcella Yaremchuk also enjoys helping out with the fundraiser.
She said the drawing at the event featured donated items from 20 area merchants. There was also a new “Spin the Wheel” activity this year, she said.
She said the donations from area businesses included such items as car wash buckets, a garden flag, gift certificates, t-shirts, pepperoni rolls and hand creams and suntan lotions.
“It’s for a good cause,” she said, noting people are always willing to help.
“I think St. Jude is a great facility for children with cancer,” committee member Cookie Shaw said.
The committee members commended John Provins, events director for Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission, saying he’s been good to work with.