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Grab-and-go lunch nets $6,300 for Wade Knox Center

Sharon Rudder, the education advocate for the Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center, greets a patron during the grab-and-go lunch Sunday in Lonoke. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Sharon Rudder, the education advocate for the Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center, greets a patron during the grab-and-go lunch Sunday in Lonoke. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Wade Knox Center executive director Karen James speaks with Beth Jacks after she was served by Lonoke baseball player Pierce Johnson during Sunday’s grab-and-go lunch. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)Buy Photo
Wade Knox Center executive director Karen James speaks with Beth Jacks after she was served by Lonoke baseball player Pierce Johnson during Sunday’s grab-and-go lunch. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center’s grab-and-go lunch raised $6,300 Sunday at lunchtime next to the Lonoke County Courthouse in Lonoke.

Wade Knox CAC executive director Karen James said they served 615 patriots.

“We raised $6,300 that will be used to provide copies services to the children who we serve at the CAC,” James said. “The idea was JB Ketchum’s.”

James said that Ketchum, who is the husband of Robyn Ketchum, the victim advocate for the CAC, was sitting in church and was hungry on Sunday.

“He then thought wouldn’t it be great if there was a good meal that I could drive through and take home to eat with my family or take back and with my church family?” James said.

The menu originally started out at King Kat fish and chicken. According to James, Ketchum talked to his neighbor Larry Emory and he added ribs to the menu.

“A planning committee was formed and met several times to figure out the drive through, serving, cooking and advertising,” James said.

The committee consists of JB Ketchum, Emory, Carter Harrison, Ronnie Evans and Robyn Ketchum.

Those helping with the meal and serving were Lonoke High School student-athletes, friends of the Wade Knox Center, the Center board and staff members.

“The ‘grill masters’ were individuals who love to cook, enjoy the fellowship of helping and have a passion to support the Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center,” James said.

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