Jason Blevins Crowned 2020 DFKS Virtual Champion

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Jason Blevins holds his 2020 Virtual Champion Award for raising the most dollars in the Dance For Kids’ Sake Virtual Competition. Pictured are Litter Media’s Dan Ramey (DFKS Co-Host); BBBSSCO CEO & President Julie Violette; Blevins and Debbie Bettendorf (DFKS Co-Host).

Litter Media was on hand Monday during the awards presentation for the 2020 Dance For Kids’ Sake virtual competition, benefiting Big Brothers-Big Sisters of South Central Ohio.

Nourse Chillicothe Automall’s Jason Blevins was crowned the 2020 DFKS Virtual Champion, raising $8,625.

“This was different” said Blevins accepting the award in the Nourse Toyota showroom. “Last year, I was extremely nervous (about dancing before a crowd) but it was still a lot of fun. I did it for all the children in the community – all the Little kids that don’t have mentors or anybody to look up to. I appreciate everything that Julie (Violette) does with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters.”

Due to the pandemic, the BBBS was unable to host the traditional dance competition fundraiser. “We had to think outside the box in order to keep everyone safe this year” said Violette, the agency’s CEO and President. Nine participants from previous competitions agreed to compete during the month of October campaign for the mentoring agency which serves children in Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross Counties.

“Everyone in the community, whether you were a sponsor or you voted for one of our dancers” said Violette, “we thank you from the bottom of our heart.”

Others in the campaign, which raised just short of $24,000, included Dave Strickland, Jennifer Lykins, Elizabeth Scott, Jeff Downs, Julie Preston, Tara Gillum, Matt Knisley and Big Sister Lisa Johnson with her Little Sister Rieghlynn.

Over the last eight years, Dance For Kids’ Sake has been the agency’s biggest fundraiser, generating important operating monies. The 2020 campaign total is about a third of the event’s normal tally. But in a year of a worldwide pandemic which has strapped non-profit organizations financially, any amount is an important boost.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer or contributing to Big Brothers-Big Sisters of South Central Ohio, visit www.bbbssco.org or call 740-773-2447.

Watch the awards presentation here.

Adena to Host Curbside Flu Shot Event November 7th

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Adena Health Center – Woodlands, 311 Caldwell Street in Chillicothe, will be holding a second curbside flu shot event Saturday November 7th from 10am-2pm.

“We were beyond impressed with the community’s responsiveness to our first curbside flu shot event and feel as if it only makes sense for us to do it again,” said Hanna Brown, Service Line Director of Primary Care. 

“This was the first time we’ve offered this service to the public, without requiring an appointment or be an established patient at Adena, and the positive feedback and appreciation the community expressed as a result of the event was phenomenal” Brown added.  “Our caregivers provided nearly 300 flu vaccinations in about four hours, without having to ask anyone to step out of their vehicle. The best part was the fact that kids were able to remain in their car seats, which made it much quicker and easier for parents. It is incredibly important for members of our community to understand the importance of the annual flu vaccine and how it not only decreases their own chances of virus contraction, but for their family as well.”

An appointment for the curbside flu shot event is not necessary. Adults and children can both receive their flu shot during the event. Officials say for children over six months and adults, the flu shot can prevent them from getting sick, prevent flu-related hospitalizations and potentially lessen symptoms or length of illness should they get a strain of the flu. Please have your insurance card and an ID ready upon arrival. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of a yearly flu shot. There is a cost $19.99 for those uninsured. Due to enhanced safety precautions, only credit cards will be accepted during the event. No cash.

For more information visit Adena.org/woodlands.

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