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South Charleston Lions Club to kick off its first ‘Kiss-A-Pig’ fundraiser

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter
The South Charleston Lions Club will kick off its first Kiss-A-Pig fundraiser Friday, Aug. 4, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. Community leaders will be raising money to win the honor of kissing a live piglet Sept. 9 in South Charleston. Courtesy photo

Put some lipstick on that pig.

It’s “Kiss-A-Pig” time, and this year, the South Charleston Lions Club is spearheading the event that raises money for the West Virginia Diabetes Camp Kno-Koma at the Greenbrier Youth Camp in the Monongahela National Forest near Anthony.

In years past, the Kanawha City-based Gold Dome Lions Club was the sponsoring organization. However, the Gold Dome club disbanded last November, with many of its members moving to the South Charleston Lions Club, said South Charleston Lions Club President Duane White.

The Kiss-A-Pig fundraiser was one of the Gold Dome Lions Club’s main projects, but now the South Charleston Lions Club has stepped up to continue it.

It “used to be done by the Gold Dome Lions Club, but most of its members changed to the South Charleston club -- they merged with us,” White said.

The KAP kickoff event will take place on Friday, Aug. 4, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston after the baseball game and before the fireworks. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Funds are raised by celebrity candidates; whoever raises the most money gets the honor of kissing a live piglet. The KAP “kiss-off” will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, during the Mound Festival at the South Charleston Mound.

The KAP contestants representing business and community leaders will be introduced Aug. 4 at Appalachian Power Park.

They are:

• Brandon Stover, WCHS-TV8 meterologist

• Doug Harlow, WCHS-TV meterologist

• Mr. Green, of Green’s Feed and Seed

• Kitty Palausky, retired education counselor

• Chris Lemon, of Lem’s Meat Varnish

• Cathy Nelson, of the Happy Days Cafe

• Brian L. Ulery, chief executive officer, Thomas Hospital

• Tom Keaton, of Piggly Wiggly

• Ken Samples, of Ken’s Auto Service

• Tim Guiden, of First Settlement Physical Therapy.

White said the KAP candidates will be raising money by encouraging people to vote for them at $1 a vote.

“They’ll be campaigning at their places of business,” White said.

The candidate garnering the most votes or highest dollar amount wins the honor of kissing a live piglet on Sept. 9.

“Voting lasts until Sept. 8,” he said.

White said the money raised from the KAP event will help to fund scholarships that will enable low-income children with diabetes to attend Camp Kno-Koma.

“We have a lot of young people with parents who don’t have the money for camp. The money helps cover the medications and meals for the kids.”

Camp Kno-Koma is for children ages 7 through 15 who have diabetes, providing them with a summer camping experience. The national average for diabetes is one out of 10 people, but in West Virginia, the ratio of four out of 10, which is the highest in the country.


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