Give 270 donates LifeVacs to area schools

Donation marks $1 million designated to community organizations since nonprofit’s inception

Elizabethtown, Kentucky-based nonprofit Give 270 has announced that it has donated 48 LifeVac School Kits, which are anti-choking medical devices, to schools within the Hardin, Meade and LaRue county communities. LifeVac is a non-powered single-patient portable suction device developed for clearing an upper airway, intended to be used in an emergency when standard current choking protocol has been followed without success.

“We at Give 270 are proud of the public-private partnerships we are able to establish for the benefit of area individuals,” said Eric Clemens, Board Chair for Give 270. “Because of the support we receive from those who participate in our charitable fundraising initiatives, we are able to have fantastic outcomes such as this one.” 

According to information from LifeVac’s website, over 1,725 schools have LifeVacs on-hand to prepare for the event of a choking emergency. In June, the company celebrated 1,000 lives saved by LifeVac devices. LifeVac technology is designed to be easily used by anyone without specific skills or training and can even be used on oneself.

“Because of this donation, the parents of students throughout our school system can have the peace of mind of knowing their child would be safe in the unfortunate event of a choking emergency,” said John Wright, Community Relations Director for Hardin County Schools. “We are again, deeply appreciative of Give 270 and their generous support.”

With the donation, Give 270 has now officially designated over $1 million to community organizations and initiatives since its formation in 2016. The nonprofit raises funds through charitable gaming initiatives such as the weekly Whiskey Wednesdays raffles and specialty Bourbon Strong raffles, along with special events such as the annual comedy variety show, The Eric & Joe Show. 

Give 270 is currently hosting its biggest-ever raffle: Lightning N’ a Bottle. The raffle will feature an assortment of valuable bourbon prizes and, subject to the number of tickets sold, an opportunity to win the ultimate grand prize: a 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat Long Range and a bottle of Weller Full Proof (to be enjoyed separately). 

The raffle will also offer a total of 49 additional bourbon prizes, including a Buffalo Trace Antique Collection five-bottle set, a Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 year and many more. 

Made possible in part through the support of sponsor Lightsource bp, proceeds from the raffle will benefit Baptist Health Foundation Hardin and the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Foundation. With future electric vehicles from Ford and Lincoln relying on batteries manufactured in Hardin County at the upcoming BlueOval SK Battery Park, the Lightning N’ a Bottle raffle not only celebrates a vital component of the region’s economic future but also provides support to crucial community organizations.

“This is a significant milestone for our nonprofit and we are deeply appreciative of everyone who has helped us get here over the past seven years,” said Give 270 co-founder Kenny Rambo. “Over the years, our engagement has significantly increased, especially among those who participate in our charitable gaming events. Because of this, we believe and are excited to say that our next $1 million in support of crucial community organizations and initiatives will come much sooner than the first.” 

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