This article first appeared in the Rushville Republican on September 6, 2016.
Saturday, Sept. 10 at the New Salem Lions Club located at 4324 East US Hwy 52, Jake’s Bad Boy BBQ will take place. The benefit dinner will be served from 5-8pm for a free will donation. The dinner will consist of BBQ pork and all of the trimmings including dessert. The purpose of this benefit dinner is to raise funds for the Jake McKee Heart of Gold Fund through the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Little 4-year-old Jacob McKee suddenly died one year ago from a heart abnormality. The family of John and Niki McKee are working to establish the “Jake McKee Heart of Gold Fund” which will bring free pediatric cardiac screening, through the services of St. Vincent Hospital and Rush Memorial. This screening will be available to children age 12 and older with parental consent. The hope is to offer the screenings multiple times each year, particularly in conjunction with school athletic physicals.
Along with the dinner a special live and silent auction will be offered. Many unique pieces, valued over $100, will be amongst the fantastic auction items. There will be activities for the children such as tattoos, face painting, and more. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Eagles #2036 will also be holding an open benefit ride that day. Registration is at 10am wi the ride to begin at noon. Riders are $20 each with passengers at $5. All proceeds will go to the Jake McKee Heart of Gold Fund.
For additional information about the benefit contact Niki McKee at 765-561-3649 or Michelle Herbert at 317-691-1088. For more information or to make a tax deductible donation to the Jake McKee Heart of Gold Fund contact the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation at 765-932-7568