Today, organizers and sponsors with The Eric and Joe Show presented a check for $11,000 to representatives from the Therapeutic Loving foster Care & Adoption (TLC) program, a service of Home of the Innocents. The check was proceeds from The Eric and Joe Show held in November, 2022 at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.
Each year, The Eric and Joe Show, an annual holiday variety show and Give 270 fundraiser, raises money for a nonprofit organization in central Kentucky.
“We were blown away by our community’s support of The Eric and Joe Show in 2022, and are excited to make this important donation to TLC to support work for children and families in the foster care system,” said Eric Clemens, co-founder of The Eric and Joe Show and board chair for Give 270. “Since the beginning, this show has been just as much about giving back to the community as it has been about entertaining crowds. We are blessed to be able to give back to the region.”
TLC Foster Care & Adoption is a service of Home of the Innocents, and partners children with “Teaching Parents” who share their hearts and homes with children until they can return to their parents or are permanently adopted. There are TLC programs in both Louisville and Elizabethtown. Headquartered in Louisville, Home of the Innocents provides residential and community-based behavioral health services, therapeutic foster care and adoption services, supportive services for homeless young adults, and long-term care for medically complex or terminally ill children.
“This donation will allow us to provide opportunities for our families to come together for fellowship and further strengthen the important bonds established in the foster care system for children and their foster families,” said Robby Gulick, Vice President of TLC Foster Care (Elizabethtown, KY), a division of Home of the Innocents.
Clemens and show co-founder Joe Bennett were joined by multiple event sponsors, including Magnolia Bank; Kentucky Farm Bureau, Lindsey Alicna, Agent; Stanley Steemer; Sunrise Farms Construction; Elizabethtown Tourism; Gray Construction; and many more.
“There is no way we could make a donation like this without the help of our sponsors,” said Bennett. “As we approach our ‘aluminum anniversary,’ we hope to raise even more for area nonprofits.”
A family-friendly variety show, The Eric and Joe Show combines sketch comedy, short films and dance routines to entertain crowds each year for a worthwhile cause in the region. Next November, The Eric and Joe Show is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will be expanding opportunities to engage with the community. The Eric and Joe Show will take place Nov. 17 through 19 at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.
Since 2013, The Eric and Joe Show has donated more than $60,000 to local nonprofits. Previous recipients of funding from the show include Baptist Health Foundation Hardin, Helping Hand of Hope, SpringHaven, Mission Hope for Kids, and others.
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 Whiskey Wednesdays and Bourbon Strong raffles, the Kentucky Craft Beer Festival and other fundraising events. Launched in 2016, Give 270 has raised more than $700,000 in total contributions to area nonprofits.
To learn more about The Eric and Joe Show or opportunities to engage with the show, visit theericandjoeshow.com.