Pickin’ for a Cause, a community awareness event to educate the public about the seriousness of eating disorders, is coming to Owensboro in September. Numerous local and national businesses are partnering to host the event, which will include a silent auction, dinner, and live music.
Owensboro Health and nonprofit Aubrey’s Song Foundation for Eating Disorders are coming together to present the event on Sept. 22 at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Museum. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75; tables of eight are $550. Tickets and tables may be purchased at AubreysSong.org.
Musicians for the event include Justin Cole, Cam Thompson, Toy Heart, Chris Joslin, and Randy Lanham and the Possum Pickers.
All proceeds from this event will benefit Aubrey’s Song Foundation and area families affected by eating disorders.
Pickin’ for a Cause aims to raise $30,000 to fund Aubrey’s Song’s new Family and Patient Advocacy Program, which is designed to guide families through the challenges of finding treatment and supporting their loved ones struggling with an eating disorder. It also will support the continuation of a family support group and the start of patient support groups.
Aubrey’s Song Foundation for Eating Disorders is Western Kentucky’s nonprofit resource on eating disorders. Since 2005, Aubrey’s Song has worked to raise awareness; promote body positivity and early intervention; provide community and professional education; and develop local resources for treatment.
According to a release from Aubrey’s Song, 900,000 Kentuckians suffer from an eating disorder with 29,800+ experiencing life-threatening conditions. Kentucky has no inpatient or residential treatment facilities, and only one outpatient treatment center in Louisville.
Other partners supporting this event include local businesses such as River Valley Behavioral Health; Baird Private Wealth Management; Counseling Associates of Owensboro; Kendra Gray PhD, PLC; Compass Counseling; Gateway Urgent Care; Sullivan Financial Advisory Services; Old National Bank; and Align Wealth Management.
National sponsors, all of which are eating disorder treatment programs, include Eating Recovery Center (CO,OH); The Renfrew Center (TN); The Emily Program (OH); Louisville Center for Eating Disorders (KY); and Equip Health (national).