With a resolute mission to support life from conception until natural death, a community in Western Kentucky is proving the transformative power of grassroots initiatives.
In a time when most Americans are being inundated with anti-life messaging, it’s encouraging to know there are still people out there who are defending life.
And you’ll be cheering after you hear the story of this Western Kentucky community that rallied together to support this life-saving group.
In a triumph of resilience and generosity, the 10th annual “Bluegrass on (Lake) Beshear” music fundraiser, orchestrated by Dawson Springs residents Laura and Jeff Smith, has set a new record by raising a staggering $42,156.
Sponsored by 8 Knights of Columbus councils in western Kentucky, this event is more than just a musical celebration; it’s a powerful force for life.
The Knights of Columbus’ national Aid and Support After Pregnancy (ASAP) program is contributing an additional $8,000, making the total benefit a remarkable $50,156 for life-affirming pregnancy care centers, including Alpha PCC in Hopkinsville, Door of Hope in Madisonville, and H.O.P.E. Clinic in Benton and Eddyville.
In the aftermath of the devastating December 2021 tornado that rocked the region, the resilience of the community shines through.
Despite ongoing challenges, the people of western Kentucky rallied together to create a beautiful musical event that transcends the ordinary, raising substantial funds to save babies’ lives and heal families’ hearts.
Jeff Smith, co-host and Dawson Springs resident, expresses gratitude for the overwhelming support, emphasizing the community’s unity in the face of adversity.
The journey of “Bluegrass on (Lake) Beshear” began in 2014, where it raised a modest $2600 in its inaugural year.
Fast forward to the present, and this remarkable event has evolved into its own 501 C. 3 charitable organization, aptly named the “Pickin’ Life Project.”
Over the past decade, this music event has surpassed the $200,000 mark in total funds raised.
All proceeds have been channeled directly to pregnancy care centers that stand on the front lines, fiercely protecting the sanctity of life.
These centers offer an array of services, including pregnancy tests, education on pregnancy and fetal development, adoption referrals, clothing and furnishings for mothers and babies up to two years after birth, birth coaching, parenting classes, and crucial healing support for women who have experienced abortion or miscarriage.
One of the pivotal services provided by these centers is the offer of professionally performed and evaluated 3-D ultrasounds.
Conducted in serene and comforting environments, these ultrasounds play a crucial role in determining the viability of a pregnancy.
Studies have revealed that 88% of women vulnerable to choosing abortion, when presented with an ultrasound showcasing their baby’s heartbeat, opt for life.
This statistic underscores the profound impact of these centers in shaping decisions and fostering a culture that values and protects life.
As the 10th edition of “Bluegrass on (Lake) Beshear” concludes, the countdown to the 11th annual music festival begins.
Set to take place on Saturday, Oct 12, 2024, the event promises another unforgettable celebration of life and music.
Details and updates can be found at www.bluegrassonbeshear.com, offering a glimpse into the heartwarming journey of a community dedicated to creating change, one note at a time.