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Store owners asked to ‘go gold’ in childhood-cancer awareness effort Tuesday

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Traveling trophy to go to winner of decoration contest

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

PERRY COUNTY – A storefront decoration contest to be launched Tuesday will draw attention to childhood cancer.

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, organizers said in a flyer they distributed last week, and the best-decorated storefront will earn a traveling trophy and bragging rights as the biggest supporter in Perry County.

Decorating should begin Tuesday and be completed by Sept. 13. Judging will start the next day and the trophy will be awarded Sept. 23.

A candlelight vigil and service at the gazebo in Tell City’s City Hall Park will kick off local efforts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Gold ribbons, lapel pins, door ribbons and T-shirts will be available for sale, and a short walk will honor children who have suffered.

Mayors of both Tell City and Cannelton have said they’ll participate in what is being called an effort to “turn the county gold.”

A Facebook page has been started that touts the message, “Going Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness,” said Beth Hauser, who is spearheading efforts. Type “Perry County Cares” in the Facebook search box to find it. That plus “helping one youngster at a time” is the name of a group helping people up to 26 years old “who are going through some type of treatment” and their families, she explained.

“We do ask that you please leave all décor up the whole month for all to see,” the organizers said. Any of them can be contacted for more information. They include Hauser, 719-1362; Stephen Parker, 719-1175; Bobbi Ridener, 549-5485; Heather Overstreet, 719-8802; Angela Voyles, 719-1915; Judy Hinton, 453-3861 or Kendall Hauser, 719-8465.