Stackhouse Landscaping will host its annual hot-dog-eating contest on Tuesday, July 3 in support of the Central Lincoln County YMCA’s Send a Kid to Camp fund. The event includes music, a dunk tank, a kids pie-eating contest, a paintball shootout, and more, but the grand finale is the much-anticipated hot-dog-eating contest.
Dave and Amy Stackhouse, hosts of the event, started the fundraiser with other employees from Stackhouse Landscaping 10 years ago in memory of Loren St. Cyr, a 20-year-old former employee who died Sept. 20, 2008. The event is held the last workday before July 4 each year at Stackhouse Landscaping, in Bristol.
The fundraiser, which has raised more than $180,000 over the years, gives 50 percent of the money to the CLC YMCA Send a Kid to Camp fund. The CLC YMCA then allocates the money to children in financial need who wish to attend various summer camps.
The other half of the proceeds goes to the Loren St. Cyr Endowment Fund. This money will remain untouched until it reaches $200,000. From then on, even if the annual fundraiser ends, the interest from the fund will go to the YMCA fund. “It then will send kids (to camp) forever,” said Stackhouse.
While the event takes place annually, donations for the Send a Kid to Camp fund are accepted year-round at clcymca.org under “make a donation” for the Stackhouse Camp Scholarship Drive.
For more details, go to facebook.com/lorenstcyrendowment.
The CLC YMCA is a key collaborative leader improving the quality of life for all by being the champion for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
For information about any of the Y’s programs and events, go to clcymca.org.