Two fundraising efforts during Labor Day weekend were successful despite the heat.
Local firefighters want to thank the community for helping them help "Jerry's Kids."
While the temperatures soared into the 90s, firefighters from the Brazil City Fire Department collected $3,178 from motorists at the intersection of United States 40 and State Road 59 Saturday and Sunday for the annual Fill The Boot drive.
"It's been a few years since we have collected that much," Firefighters Union Local 1453 President Jake Bennett told The Brazil Times.
Bennett said the collected funds have already been sent to the 43rd Annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Telethon. The BCFD is a part of the International Association of Fire Fighters union, which has supported the MDA since 1954.
"We really want to thank the community for their support," he said. "It was hot, so I also want to thank the firefighters for volunteering their time to be out there."
Members of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department stationed themselves at the intersection of SR 59 and 42 for three days to collect donations for MDA.
"We were out there about four hours each day," Fire Chief Troy Nichols told The Brazil Times.
Grateful for the community support, Nichols said the department collected and delivered $2,476 in funds to the donation center located at Ivy Tech Monday.
The local community also rallied together at a separate event in Saline City to support the Bluegrass For Billy Festival efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society during Labor Day weekend.
"The weather was warm, but I'll take that over rain any day," Event organizer Dave Amerman told The Brazil Times.
While some fundraising activities raised less money than others in the past, Amerman said approximately $1,200 would be available to be divided between the ACS and the Bill Reed Music Scholarship Fund after all the bills were paid.
To make a donation in support of the scholarship, mail checks to the Bill Reed Music Scholarship Fund in care of First State Bank, 502 Main St., Clay City, 47841.
For more information about supporting the 2009 Bluegrass For Billy Festival, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dave Amerman at 812-939-2361.