State Major Project
The mission of the Kentucky Elks State Project, “Jim Bob Kevil” & “Kids with Cancer fund,” is to provide pediatric cancer patients with monetary assistance for travel, food, and medical bills to help families cope with their child’s disease and treatment. The KEA also provides fundeing for Kids with Cancer Camps across the state of Kentucky.
This focus is on the values that Elks members support including citizenship, family values, teamwork and responsibility, community and giving, respect, fairness and tolerance. It is the belief that each family will benefit from the “Elks Care, Elks Share” philosophy. In addition to our charitable fund a long-time member from Princeton lodge #1115, Mr. Jim Bob Kevil endowed funds specifically for helping these children & families battling childhood cancer.
The Kids with Cancer project also offers yearly grants to any child that incurs co-pays for medical services, prescription drugs, medical equipment or supplies. These requests are submitted by hospital social workers or oncologists. It is our hope of the Kentucky Elks Association to help relieve some of the burden that families are experiencing during this time.
If you are interested in applying for one of these grants, please download the form below.
Kevil “Kids with Cancer”
Kentucky Elks Association’s State Major Project
I hope everyone is doing ok from the virus. It has been very frustrating due to lodge closures and the activities our lodges do in the spring put on hold or canceled.
With that being said, our State Major Project, “Kids with Cancer,” continues to be alive and well. From February 2019 to February 2020, we were able to support our “Kids with Cancer” project with approximately $70,000 and $49,000 due to the generosity of Jim Bob Kevil!! Although this year has started out slow, our “Kids with Cancer” has donated $10,000 to kids and their families for lodging, gas, food, medication and other individual needs. So far, we have helped 17 kids and families. This money came from Lodge donations at the February convention. We should be receiving the Kevil grant for the second year anytime. I encourage every KY Lodge to utilize our “Kids with Cancer Kevil Fund” to assist families facing the challenges that come with taking care of a child sick with cancer. It is our duty to promote our great organization to our communities, clinics and hospitals and make them aware of our State Major Project as a resource for families in crisis. The toughest application we received thus far was for a 1-year old child with cancer. The difficulty that this family confronted is unimaginable and it is so rewarding to witness how much our help eased some of the burden that these families experience. That is just one application! This is “Elks Care-Elks Share” in action.
Finally, I want to thank Diana Yates for the effort and hard work she has put in through the years. She developed a firm foundation for KEA Major Project. Likewise, I want to sincerely thank the members of the current Kevil Committee for their dedication to making sure the charitable fund is truly used to meet the needs of “Kids with Cancer.” If anyone at any lodge has questions, you can contact me, Dava Hooper (West) or Beth Saunders (East).
Charlie Martin, PSP
State Major Project Committee Chair
“Kevil Kids with Cancer” Fund
If you shop at Amazon or Kroger, please consider signing up for their charitable programs that donate money directly to the Kids with Cancer project.
Kroger’s Community Rewards program donates money to our major project based on the shopping you do everyday. Once you link your card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! To sign up, visit Kroger’s Community Rewards website and designate “KY Elks Assoc Kids with Cancer” as your chosen organization. You can also use our Organization Number, 60119.
You can also support Kids with Cancer through shopping at Amazon Smile. Head over to Smile.Amazon.com and designate the “Kentucky Elks Association Kids With Cancer Charitable Fund Inc” as your preferred charity. Once you’ve done that, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to our Kids with Cancer fund.