• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Cookbook sales to support 'Coats and Shoes for Kids


The Woodford County Woman's Club is selling a unique cookbook to support its signature project, Coats and Shoes for Kids. The recently published Our Turn in the Kitchen: What Woodford Men Cook will help ensure hundreds of less-fortunate children in the community receive new coats, shoes and socks next school year. The idea for a cookbook fundraiser arose after a decision was made not to have Woodford County Woman's Club Holiday Homes Tour this year, said club President Delia Spurgeon. She said a cookbook hadn't been done as a fundraiser for several years so club members decided to publish a cookbook that was "unique to Woodford County." Spurgeon said the response from men wanting to have their recipes in the cookbook was overwhelming, with 350 recipes published in Our Turn in the Kitchen: What Woodford Men Cook. Anyone who lives, works or has other ties to Woodford County could submit recipes, including favorites that they - or their wife - cook. Also submitted was 2015 Triple Crown winner (and Ashford Stud resident) American Pharoah's favorite breakfast: two scoops of oats, a liberal helping of high-end organic grains, a liberal helping of Timothy hay, four apples cut into pieces, and a pound of carrots.

With cover art by Woodford County artist Eric Johnson, Our Turn in the Kitchen includes vintage photos of men making burgoo in Millville and kids standing outside Ward's Bakery in downtown Versailles. The cost of publishing the Woodford County Woman's Club cookbook was covered by local businesses and their ads, so all proceeds from the sale of the $22 cookbooks will directly support Coats and Shoes for Kids. Copies of Our Turn in the Kitchen will be available at many local businesses, including Cornerstone Pharmacy, Green Street Antiques, Five Seasons and Moore's Meats.

Cookbooks can also be purchased online at wcwcrecipes@gmail.com for $22, which includes sales tax. With grant dollars from the United Way declining from a high of $18,000 several years ago to $5,000 this year - "fundraisers are more important," said Sturgeon. She credited people in the community for always being willing to do whatever they can to support Coats and Shoes for Kids. During this year's Coats and Shoes event on Oct. 12 and 13 at Kmart, 177 students in Woodford County schools each received a new coat, a pair of shoes and three pairs of socks, Spurgeon said. In addition to elementary-age students, about 40 middle and high school-age students received coats, shoes and socks at this year's Coats and Shoes for Kids, she said. A variety of other fundraisers have supported Coats and Shoes for Kids over the last 35 years. A Woodford County Woman's Club Garden Tour will return next summer. The 2015 Garden Tour was so successful that the Woodford County Woman's Club won an award at its state convention for having the top fundraiser in Kentucky, Spurgeon said. With the cost of purchasing coats, shoes and socks climbing to about $11,000 to $13,000 annually, other fundraisers, including an annual Twilight Festival basket raffle, are organized by the Woodford County Woman's Club to support Coats and Shoes for Kids. In addition to its signature project, the Woodford County Woman's Club also awards a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating Woodford County High School senior each year.

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