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‘Jeans & Jams’ crowd enjoys a night of festive fun, food, and fundraising

A s’mores bar waits to be consumed Saturday night. The committee thought a s’mores bar would be unique to go with the country, casual theme of “Jeans & Jams.”

 

By SYLVIA HORLANDER
Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 — Bales of hay, pumpkins, good music, storytelling, s’mores and other comfort foods — some characteristics of the fall season — were all on hand at The Guthrie Opportunity (GO) Center’s first-ever “Jeans & Jams” fundraiser this past Saturday night.

The fall fundraiser uniquely fit right in with the theme of the season. Jeans & Jams brought GO Center supporters together for a casual and somewhat country-themed environment.

Hay bales and fall harvest with bourbon barrels add to the ambiance at “Jeans & Jams.

Liz Kurowski travelled to the fundraiser from Vine Grove. Kurowski is a supporter of the GO Center, as she eats frequently at On The GO Foods when she takes lunch from work at Hospice of Nelson County.

“They are really great for the community,” she explained. And that’s part of why Kurowski travelled to Bardstown on a Saturday night that she otherwise wouldn’t have.

A s’mores bar set the tone of the night’s theme and the taste buds for many. The food selection included a baked potato bar, green beans, salad, and steaks grilled by the Nelson County Cattlemen. Hay bales were displayed for sitting, right in front of the night’s entertainment performed by “From Paris”, a band that played well-known pop, rock and country hits.

Julie, Bardstown native and resident who is also a GO Center employee, attended the event and danced to some of the band’s upbeat songs. She described Jeans & Jams as “a blast” and said she loved the event. She’s been working at the GO Center for 13 years.

GO Center Executive Director, Cindy Simpson Hutchins, said they were looking to do something different than Bourbon & Bubbles, a formal and fancy fundraiser in the spring. Hutchins thanked everyone who went to partake in Saturday night’s fun.

“Even if people couldn’t go to Jeans & Jams, the community supports us every day, from eating at On The GO Foods to our volunteers, it means everything to the operation of the GO Center and we’ve been blessed,” Hutchins explained.

The Guthrie Opportunity Center is a non-profit organization serving people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the Nelson County community. The GO Center’s mission is to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Through job training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation, the GO Center’s goal is to assist these citizens with finding new friends, realizing future career paths, seeking independence and community integration, and unleashing creative passions.

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