Fundraiser features a big piggy pucker up
By ELIZABETH GOLDEN
He was ready to kiss the pig, but Don Scheibler, Hays police chief, wasn't given the opportunity.
As part of the sixth annual Blues, BBQ & Bargains, the Cancer Council of Ellis County sponsored a 5K run/walk as well as the Kiss the Pig fundraiser.
All proceeds benefitted the Cancer Council of Ellis County.
"Every penny we earn goes to the Cancer Council of Ellis County," said Janet Kuhn, chairwoman of the 5K.
"Every penny stays here in the county to help patients with financial assistance and nutritional supplements."
The Cancer Council of Ellis County uses the funds to help individuals affected by cancer, as well as educate community members and give away sunscreen.
Zachary Hopp, Hays, came in first place. He races every weekend.
"I just love running," Hopp said. "I've been running since seventh grade."
Jennifer Casper, Hays, tries to run every other weekend.
"It's just a fun thing to do," she said. "I'm very happy to come out and support a great cause."
Following the 5k, one of four local celebrities were chosen to kiss a live pig.
Community members voted for who they most would like to see pucker up by donating $1 per vote.
"We have four celebrities from the community offer their services," Kuhn said. "Whoever has the most votes will get to kiss a live pig. Every penny these celebrities earn will go to the Cancer Council of Ellis County."
Scheibler, in addition to Anne Erbert, Nex-Tech Wireless, Todd Haskell, Eagle Radio, and Aaron White, Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development, were chosen to participate.
Scheibler also ran in the 5K.
"I just wanted to come out to support the 5K and the Cancer Council," he said. "If it would help the fight against cancer, I would kiss 100 pigs."
Voting continued through early Saturday morning, and Erbert was the lucky winner.
"This is so gross," she said, as she was puckering up. "I don't even know where to kiss it."
Erbert kissed the pig quickly on the cheek before running away, probably toward a much-needed toothbrush.