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Over $21,931 was raised by the end of Oct. 13th at Thunder on the Square in Russellville, the grand finale of Clay Bilyeu and friend's Summer Night Cruise-In which is held throughout the good weather months. This is the largest amount raised so far over the past several years Bilyeu has been hosting the event.

Bilyeu and a group of his tight-knit friends partnered with JC Kirby to bring this revved up celebration to Logan County the past several years. Thousands of dollars have been collected by the support of many people in the community.

Over $19,000 was raised last year with all proceeds going to the Junior Diabetes

Research Foundation, Hospice of Southern Kentucky, and the Alzheimer's Association. In the first few years, the events raised $6,000-$7,000. Over the past several years $149,731 has been collected and donated.

"We love putting this event on each year," said Bilyeu. "Not only are we able to get together with those who appreciate cars, trucks, and motorcycles, but we are able to help others, which is the most important reason we do this. This could not be done without the many people who help out. They are my friends and they are just as much a part of this as I am. This could not be accomplished if it were not for all of the great volunteers who help as well as the sponsors and the community who supports it."

There were approximately 240 vehicles on the square in Russellville for 2019 Thunder. Bobby Blackford led the live auction, and the event gained a few new sponsors.

"It was a great day and the biggest show in Logan's history this far," said an excited Bilyeu. "We appreciate all of our sponsors for this event. In case you didn't know it, we live in a very loving and caring, committed little town."

Donated Nonprofits

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition caused by the body's inability to break down glucose (sugars) and store them properly. When an individual's system is unable to efficiently process glucose, it will back up in the person's bloodstream creating multiple health problems.

Over thirty thousand individuals will be diagnosed with diabetes this year alone. It is estimated that over one hundred and twenty million individuals worldwide have diabetes. It is further estimated that approximately five million individuals have diabetes that has yet to be diagnosed.

Type 1 Diabetes is called Juvenile Diabetes as the onset of it begins in childhood. Children diagnosed with juvenile diabetes are insulin-dependent. Insulin is the hormone that enables our body to convert the food we eat into energy which is necessary to function normally. Current research indicates that juvenile diabetes is an auto-immune disorder, similar to other disorders such as; rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis. A small percentage of individuals may also develop thyroid conditions.

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

The mission of Hospice of Southern Kentucky, Inc. is to provide support that enables the terminally ill to spend their final days in a pain-free and dignified home environment. Trained volunteers and paid professionals minister to the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of the patients and their families.