Officer Making List for Blue Santa
As a Lawrence police officer for nearly 18 years, Laurie Scott has seen plenty of kids who need help, in all kinds of situations.
Now, as a school resource officer this year at West Middle School, she sees the issues up close and personal each and every working day.
“Like kids who play a sport, but don’t have shoes,” she said Tuesday, at an event at Capital City Bank downtown.
The occasion: The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee formally naming six charities that will be sharing proceeds in 2012 from the parade and associated events.
Bowlers Hit the Road for Fundraiser
By Chris Hong
Kilts. Cannonballs. Plenty of beer.
All of this made for a Sunday afternoon of Irish road bowling at Clinton Lake State Park. The eclectic event was a fundraiser for local charities hosted by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of Lawrence. Charlie Upton, one of the event’s organizers, claimed it was the first such event west of the Mississippi.
For a $30 donation, participants received entry to the event, and beer, food and shuttle service to the lake provided by 23rd Street Brewery, a sponsor of the event.
By now, some may be asking, “What exactly is Irish road bowling?”
St Patrick's Day Parade Donation
By Shaun Hittle
Typically, tiny-K Early Intervention doesn’t have enough money to buy adaptive equipment — such as walkers — for the special needs infants and toddlers the nonprofit serves in Douglas County. But thanks to the 2012 Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade, they’ll be making some purchases soon.
“We’re putting it to good use,” said Dena Bracciano, tiny-K director, who accepted a $5,000 check from the parade committee Tuesday.
The committee donated a total of $60,000 raised during the parade and other associated activities. The funds were distributed to: