At 11:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30th, Ryan Lemond was free from KSJail. After failing to make a single putt in our “Putt for Prison” event, he completed his six day sentence at KSBar and Grille.
Our initial hope was that Ryan would make some of the putts and we would then donate the money he received to charity. When that didn’t happen, we still wanted to help the community (and try to reduce poor Ryan’s ten-day sentence).
Ryan selected three charities we would help during his stay at KSJail: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington, the organization that helped Ryan and his wife adopt their children; Keith Madison’s SCORE International, a Christian mission organization that provides baseball equipment and instruction in the Dominican Republic; and the Epilepsy Foundation. Plus, our event title sponsor, Silent Guard, offered to make a generous donation on Ryan’s behalf to the Living Bread Soup Kitchen in Somerset.
After our challenge on the radio show, the community came through in an unbelievable way! The $10,000 goal set to reduce Ryan’s sentence was reached within a few hours of the GoFundMe account going live. But, we thought why stop there? Why not see how big of an impact we can have in the community?
The final tally for the “Putt for Prison” fundraiser was $36,121!! A ceremony to distribute to the individual charities will take place at a later date.
These two weeks have far exceeded our expectations. The great thing about these donations is where they came from. Young children came to KSBar to put their allowance in the bucket. People drive from out of state because they wanted to give Ryan a check in person and to thank him for helping these worthy causes. First responders chipped in alongside those who were personally impacted by these charities. Local businesses did what they could to help. Everyone played a part in making a difference in these communities.
First and foremost, we want to say thank you to all who donated! Also, thanks to Ryan Lemond’s big, caring heart (and being a good sport). Thank you to our sponsors Silent Guard and Revive Medical. Thank you to Clarkmanship for building such an awesome jail for Ryan Lemond and thanks to the staff and customers at KSBar and Grille.
Do it again next year, Ryan?