The 2nd Annual Pillows for a Cure pillow fight brought many folks together at The Mixx Factory in downtown Louisville Saturday. The charity event enjoyed families swinging away at one another with specially covered pillows. A number of celebrity guests, vendors, and the benefiting charity, The Center for Courageous Kids were on site to help celebrate the biggest pillow fight in Louisville. Dusty June, Director of the Pillows for a Cure pillow fight, worked hard along with volunteers to see the event to fruition. Her determination paid off well as the family friendly event brought in funds for the charity and also allowed vendors to showcase their products.
Asylum Haunted Scream Park, a 40 acre haunted attraction, provided prizes for the raffle and surely got the attention of all with the family friendly haunt set to open in a few weeks. Wicked Wix brought natural soy based candles for all to sample. Va Va Vixens brought a very large snake for people to pet and hold; a big fan favorite. Many others were on hand with awesome products and freebies for the kiddos. The celebrity guests, including photographer Brian Cunningham, actors John Wells, Al Snow, and Sebrina Siegel, wondered through the crowd and even jumped in the ring a few times. Al Snow took a few hits from the kiddos in the ring.
The pillow fight began as a means to raise awareness for Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome (TSCS), a debilitating disease affecting hundreds. The funds raised through this event directly support The Center for Courageous Kids, located in Scottsville, Kentucky. The summer camp caters specifically to children who have medical issues that would prevent them from experiencing summer camp. Dusty’s son, who lives with TSCS, was her inspiration for this event.
The large ring inside The Mixx Factory, the former O’Mally’s Corner, provided ample room for the children and adults to take out some aggression with a pillow. People of all ages joined in the fun, as did Dusty. It was great to see so many people enjoying a good ‘ole pillow fight, a fun thing that gets lost in adulthood. Live bands played while people fought in the ring, giving the entire event a really fun feel. Many local businesses provided prizes for the raffle, generating even more funds for The Center for Courageous Kids and giving the winners something cool to take home. Pillow cases, t-shirts, and posters, designed by Jeff Gaither, featured the event were available for sale, while Kennedy Bookstore in Lexington, Kentucky provided goodie bags for the little pillow fighters.
During the event, many people came to see what this was all about, including WHAS 11 and WLKY. Dusty was more than happy to accommodate the exposure for the event keeping her fun and lively attitude throughout the day. Many people were on hand taking pictures of all the happenings. Mickie Saving and Sean Rhor of Rising Foto, Nikki Thompson Troxle, and Bill Spangler shared a few photos from the event.
This pillow fight was such an awesome and fun event for the whole family and many are already talking about what will be there next year. Really, when you think about it, it only makes sense to go to an event that helps children, raises awareness, and lets you hit other people with a pillow…and not get in trouble!
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