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The 2019 Running With Spoons was held Thursday night
(Photo and story by J. Tyler Klassen)

The 4th Annual “Running with Spoons” fundraiser, benefiting Bashor Children’s Home in Goshen, again attracted a sizable gathering Thursday (Sept. 5) to Elkhart’s Lerner Crystal Ballroom as 11 local business and community leaders competed by cooking up their favorite dishes.

“This event means more kids, more hope, more help. We’ll be able to do some really creative and innovative things, creative and innovative therapies,” said Annie McGuire, operations director for Faith Residential Programs, noting the funding raised at the event will allow the facility to help children heal from physical and mental trauma.

“We are not just talking emotional pain, but physical pain. Treating physical pain requires different kinds of creative treatments, including movement, dance and creating childhood memories that maybe they didn’t get before.”

Matt and Amanda Kain with Polyelectronics LLC emerged as the winners in this year’s competition.

Other participants included:

• Dr. Leonard and Karen Kiboloski.

• Ryan Casey and Ron Mullet, Forest River.
• Kevin and Autstin McArt, Forest River.
• Nanci Wirt and Rachel Rump, n.wirt design.
• Blake Borger, Patrick Industries, and Brian Hardy, Williamsburg Furniture.
• Triniti Gawthrop and Amy Shah, Brandactivate.
• Randy Harrison and Bryton Shreve, Elkhart Indian Motorcycles.
• Ryan Craig and Brian Rzepka, Praxis Group/Patrick Industries.
• Marty Blenner and Sarah Sark, Bashor Children’s Home.
• Todd Meier and Andy Roeder, Bennington/Polaris.

Food offerings included Kansas City barbecue ribs, a vegan sloppy joe, cheesy pork nachos with Mexican relish, and white chocolate key lime mousse for dessert. 

“Our job is to show those kids that they have value, to teach them we have unconditional caring for them, and that there is a future waiting for them if they grab that responsibility and and take advantage of the resources we provide,” said Bashor Children’s Home President and CEO Don Phillips. “The money raised at the fourth annual Running with Spoons will help make sure those resources and opportunities will continue.”

Sponsors included Don and Theresa Gunden, NuWay Construction, Scott and Kim Welch, Welch Packaging, Patrick Industries Inc., and the Bill Deputy Foundation.