More than 20 first responders came out on Friday for Buzz the Red, White and Blue, a fundraiser for the Dream Factory. The event raised $1,315.
This was Marshall County’s first year participating in the event and organizers hope to make it an annual fundraiser, said Dream Factory coordinator, Janice Harris.
“It went well for a first year,” Harris said. “We’ve done it before in Paducah. One of our members was talking to the sheriff’s department about joining us in Paducah but they decided to do their own here. It was a good start.”
Harris said the group raised funds with similar events in Marshall, Ballard and McCracken counties.
Last year the Dream Factory raised funds to purchase Jarrod Tolley a big screen television and stand.
Volunteers from Wild Hair Salon manned the clippers, while friends and family assisted with shaving as well.
The Dream Factory is a non-profit, volunteer organization granting requests to children with critical or chronic illnesses. Harris said, the group has been struggling with raising funds this year compared to previous years.
“With the economy, it’s tough,” Harris said, “Our funding is down and the number of kids are up.”
To donate phone Harris at 519-6823 or mail to P.O. Box 2333, Paducah, KY 42002.