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Over $42,000 Raised During Jackpot Extravaganza
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MCCRACKEN COUNTY - The United Way of Paducah-McCracken County raised over $42,000 for local nonprofits during their virtual Jackpot Extravaganza on Sunday.

Betsy Burkeen, Executive Director at the United way of Paducah-McCracken County spoke with West Kentucky Star about the event.

According to Burkeen, the event broke their fundraising record by bringing in $42,550 to benefit local nonprofits. Burkeen said the event typically brings in approximately $30,000.

She said, "It's kind of scary, you know, having to pivot and do everything differently than we've had to do in the past. But, the community really showed up and showed out. We couldn't be more thankful."

Burkeen attributes the success to a heightened awareness in the community that there are so many more families in need due to the circumstances surrounding this year. 

"It's inspiring to see people show up and do their best to fulfill that need," she continued.

Additionally, Dr. Anton Reece announced the four winners of their Live United awards. James Miller with Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership was the recipient the Income award, LaToya Burton with the Housing Authority of Paducah took home the Education award, Paducah's Community Kitchen Executive Director Sally Michelson was the Health award winner, and Abby Hefner, a McCracken County High School student, was the winner of the Youth award.

Burkeen expressed her gratitude to the community for making this year's event a success.

She said, "It's inspiring to me and I'm sure it's inspiring to those in need, to see that there are people out there that care, and they're showing up to support their neighbors."

You can learn more about the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County at the link below.

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Published 12:00 PM, Monday Oct. 12, 2020
Updated 11:37 AM, Monday Oct. 12, 2020

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