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Fund-raiser puckers up and shuffles off

After tonight it will be time to give the annual Kiss-n-Squeal event the big kiss-off, but not before someone puckers up and plants a big smooch on Sharpie, the all-black pig.

The annual YouthZone event, which started in 1991, helps raise funds for direct services to youth and families in the region. This year’s goal is to raise $89,000. Let there be no doubt, there are more Kiss-n-Squeal fund-raisers planned for the future.

This year’s finale is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. tonight at Two Rivers Park. Food and entertainment will be provided for all the participants.



Pig-kissing hopefuls include Nancy Genova, Elli McKinley and Jessi Heitzman, Josi and Savanna Pearson, Abraham Baeza, Tom Regan, Paul Freeman and Jennifer Mendoza. The final vote tally will be announced at the finale, and the winner will pucker up and kiss Sharpie right on the snout.

Donations can be made up until 6:45 p.m. at the finale, so participants can drop by tonight’s event and cast a vote for their favorite candidate. Votes are $1 each.



Bids for the silent auction ended Monday, and winners will be posted tonight.

As a nonprofit organization, YouthZone depends heavily on fund-raising to help sustain its status in the community. Fund-raisers like the Kiss-n-Squeal contest continue to give locals a chance to see and experience the difference YouthZone makes in the lives of parents and kids.


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