MADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/26/18) — The First United Bank “Cooking for the Cure” fundraiser held Friday at the branch lawn off North Main Street drew a sizeable crowd for a worthy cause.

Bankers worked all day cooking, serving and delivering sack lunches around the city, while many others enjoyed lunch on the lawn and cheered on their favorite wrestlers wearing inflatable sumo suits.

The yearly cookout, one of the company’s biggest fundraisers for the local Relay for Life organization, raised $3,383, organizers said. Their second annual sumo wrestling featuring local heroes and professionals brought in an additional $1,058 in donations.

Bank spokeswoman Jayne Hundley said Friday’s event was by far their best fundraiser, noting hundreds of people purchased lunch to support the cause.

Madisonville Police Department Officer Clay Stroud, last year's sumo wrestling champion, arrived at the event in an MPD Humvee driven by his "manager," Lt. William Poe, who donned the champion’s belt and medals.

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During the main event, Stroud grounded Hopkins County Young Professional Logan McGary to defend his title — “Cooking for the Cure” sumo champion.

Participants included Hopkins County Schools featuring Tyler Moore as The Killer Accountant, Wm M Cox Law-Will Cox, also known as The Master of Disaster, Baptist Health’s Cameron Edwards as The Big Show, Habitat for Humanity’s Don Fishman as The Head Gas Passer, Board of Realtors Brien Terry as Silent but Deadly, First United Bank’s Jason Hawkins, The Home Team Favorites of Hopkins County Young Professionals, Logan McGary as The Main Event and defending champ Stroud, The Modest One.

Local attorney Keith Cartwright served as emcee. Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Johnathan Barnes officiated.

“We had a very successful day,” Hundley said. “The community really came out to support us.”

Tammy Holloway
SurfKY News Reporter
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