NEW LEXINGTON — The 14th Annual “Kat” Dodson Foundation benefit has a full month of activities planned despite the limitations COVID-19 has cast on social gatherings this year. This year’s theme, “2020, What can we say?” recognizes that graduations, hugs, visiting the elderly, and haircuts can wait, but Perry County cancer patients CAN’T!
The Dodson family has made the tough call not to hold a large in-person event this year. However, the KAT Foundation has more than accepted the challenge to raise money for our county’s cancer patients with a month-long list of activities and prizes that will send all the proceeds to the Perry County Cancer Alliance.
From a monthly 50/50 drawing to weekly raffle baskets, those wishing to participate can stop by The Gathering Place on Broadway every Saturday in September from 9 a.m. to noon. Cheryl Dodson, Kat’s sister, added that five or six large items will also be offered as raffle prizes throughout the month.
Several items will be available to the highest bidders during a live bid auction. Randy Moore from BP will be donating 300 gallons of diesel fuel again this year for the 14th consecutive year. Larry and Marlene Bernard will be donating a $500 gift tree on a beautiful planter. Liz Buchanan is donating a queen-size quilt featuring an Ohio barns pattern. The Southern Ridge Riders & More 4-H club is donating an Amish made picnic table.
If bouncing across rugged terrain sounds fun, check out the Poker Run at Tecumseh Trails on Sept. 19. Cheryl says you don’t need to ride to participate in this event. Other ways to make a donation include buying a KAT Foundation t-shirt or feed the donation bucket at Dodson’s on Broadway. If mailing a check is your preferred way to donate, make your check out to PCCA, and mail it to KAT Foundation, 4378 Township Road 130, Corning, Ohio 43730.
Winners for the raffle prizes will be drawn on Saturday, Sept. 26 at noon at The Gathering Place or Dodson’s on Broadway. The KAT Foundation has raised $450,443 in the 13 years, and Cheryl Dodson is quick to express her gratitude to everyone who has contributed on behalf of her sister.
“I wouldn’t trade this community for a million dollars,” described Cheryl when talking about the support the KAT Foundation has received over the years.
Their restaurant has also been the recipient when it comes to community support according to Cheryl.
“During this pandemic, the people here have been extraordinary to our business, and we want to thank everyone for that,” she added.
With the emphasis on fundraising for current Perry County cancer patients, it’s easy to lose sight of the individual at the core of this important project. Kat Dodson was a fun loving, generous individual her sister describes as the family’s “free spirit hippie.”
“Kathy never met a benefit she didn’t like,” said Cheryl. “She would hear about a benefit somewhere and she’d say let’s go, Sis.” Kathy married a motorcycle guy so she became a biker too. She even organized a “hag day” event for all the biker wives where it was the girls’ day out.
When Kathy was diagnosed with cancer in early September, she was gone in 63 days, barely enough time to wage a fight for her life. Whenever a person as vibrant and generous as Kathy is lost to such an insidious enemy like cancer, it is only human to wonder why such an individual is taken from us far too early. Perhaps the answer is the light that person’s memory shines on everyone who must face that fight in the future. Please be generous this month as Kat’s family puts on a courageous face in their quest to help others battle cancer.