Give 270 fundraiser raises nearly $38,000 for LaRue County family

Robin Monroe, manager of Impellizzeri’s, Justin Howard, an insurance agent at Curneal Hignite Insurance, Jarrod Butler, owner of Heartland Cleaning Services (and his children Evelyn and Maximus), and Roman Ritchey owner of Ritchey Landscaping and Lawncare, present a check to Karen Ward (center) for fundraiser proceeds totaling nearly $38,000.

Give 270, a local nonprofit, recently hosted a golf scramble and raised $37,882 for a LaRue County family twice impacted by pediatric cancer. 

At the check presentation, Jarrod Butler, owner of Heartland Cleaning Services, Justin Howard, an insurance agent at Curneal Hignite Insurance, Roman Ritchey owner of Ritchey Landscaping and Lawncare, and Robin Monroe, manager of Impellizzeri’s presented a proceeds check to Karen Ward, mother of sisters Tenley and Adley who were both diagnosed with leukemia. 

“I, along with the entire region, have followed the story of Tenley and Adley Ward,” said Howard who also serves as a Give 270 volunteer board member. “When Tenley was diagnosed, our families came together to support Karen, Justin and the girls. After Adley’s diagnosis, we were compelled to do something again to help lighten their financial burdens so they could focus on what is most important - their family.”

Karen and her husband Justin are the proud parents of three daughters – Tenley (5), Adley (4) and Caselyn (9 months). Tenley was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018. After more than two years of treatment, transplants and relapses, Tenley is now in remission. However, in January 2021, Adley was diagnosed with the same cancer. During this time, both parents have been unable to work and are currently commuting to Cincinnati weekly for Adley’s treatments at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

“Give 270 and our generous sponsors were able to help us put together a great community fundraiser for this special family,” Howard said. “Every business, organization, and individual we reached out to did not hesitate to help.”

The fundraiser included a golf scramble and silent auction at Elizabethtown Country Club (ECC) thanks to the generous support of Corey Stith, ECC head golf professional and Gary Crabtree, ECC president. The event also included a happy hour gathering at Impellizzeri’s which graciously donated a portion of their proceeds.  

“We have been overwhelmed with the support shown to our family during this very difficult time,” Karen Ward said. “God has blessed us with a special community where neighbors rally alongside us to shoulder the burden.” 

Give 270 is a local 501(c)(3) crowdfunding organization that raises money to benefit projects and organizations in Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties. Give 270 also hosts the Eric and Joe Show and other fundraising events. 

“Give 270 is passionate about finding creative ways to support immediate and long-term needs in our local communities,” said Give 270 co-founder Kenny Rambo. “This is a perfect example of how Give 270 connects local donors and benefactors with the causes that deserve their support, thus creating a community that truly helps each other in times of need.”

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