It started off as a sunny day nearing about 89° and humid, but this did not stop the 100 or so people from coming out to spend the day with us. This year’s 15th Annual Keystone United Barbecue was like no other. This year was about coming together with KU families, friends, supporters, and their friends and families to raise awareness for childhood cancer. More importantly to raise funds to help the family of baby Ava who is just over a year old, holding on to her life after being diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer.
The day started out with children running amongst us as they played in the pool, flew kites and worked at the arts & craft table while Keystone United members set up tables, filled the coolers, and prepared for the festivities to begin. As the afternoon progressed, people started showing up, the music began to play, and the food lined the tables. There was mingling and conversations everywhere both old friends along with new faces. Over to the one side was a tent with both a male and female basket being raffled off along with a 50/50 raffle. There was not a minute that went by where that tent was empty. People just eager to donate some who gave without taking the raffle tickets and just donated to donate.
As the afternoon rolled on and the early evening approached the live music began. Many sang along to songs that were played as they stood arm and arm around the mic. You can feel the heartwarming closeness amongst everyone in attendance; like a big extended family including some from all across the US. Before dark the music came to an end followed by a short speech by Matthew Heimbach than the raffles where called. First the male basket, then the female basket followed by the 50/50 raffle. The winner of the 50/50 raffle decided that it was more important to donate the money he just had won back to the cancer fund. In all there was $860 raised to be donated to the family of baby Ava.
Keystone United would like to extend our appreciation for all our members & supporters, without all of your love and support we wouldn’t have been able to call this day a success.
Looking forward to next year!