Keeping up the Kourage concert is Saturday in Westbrook
WESTBROOK -- The fourth annual Keeping Up The Kourage Concert is planned this Saturday in conjunction with Westbrook Fun Days to raise money for the Keeping Up The Kourage (KUTK) Foundation, which awards scholarships and assists individuals and f...
WESTBROOK - The fourth annual Keeping Up The Kourage Concert is planned this Saturday in conjunction with Westbrook Fun Days to raise money for the Keeping Up The Kourage (KUTK) Foundation, which awards scholarships and assists individuals and families with substantial medical needs, giving priority to applicants in southwest Minnesota.
Among those performing in Saturday’s benefit concert are The Nectarines, of Jackson, opening the show for former lead singer of Grammy Award-winning rock band Survivor, Dave Bickler, alongside Stephanie V. They’re both performing with the talented Headliner Band.
The KUTK Foundation was established following a 2014 concert designed as a benefit for Kate Jorgenson, a local youth injured in a June 2013 UTV rollover that led to the amputation of her left arm.
The initial concert was a huge success, and at the request of Kate and her family, the money raised was returned to the community as a thank you for everything the people and organizations in the area had done for them.
This summer, the KUTK Foundation will award seven $500 scholarships to senior athletes who are or have previously faced medical challenges during their high school athletic career, and who plan to continue their education past the high school level. Recipients for 2017 include Cassidy Mischke of Westbrook, Taylor Price of Lamberton, Lizette Garza of Lake Wilson, Ciarra Schmidt of Slayton, Brady Woldt of Slayton and Kade Clarke of Dundee. These seniors are recognized for courage, strength, determination and support shown while facing a medical challenge.
The KUTK Foundation will also award the family of Bethany Schmidt with financial assistance to help with ongoing medical costs. Bethany, the daughter of Todd and Jacqueline Schmidt of Windom, was diagnosed in 2014 with Arnold Chiari Malformation Type I Scoliosis. She has since been told she will need spinal fusion surgery. She will undergo the surgery at Gillette Children's Hospital in September.
Saturday’s concert will be under the big tent in Westbrook, with all funds raised to continue helping individuals and families facing medical challenges. To become a member of the KUTK foundation, visit keepingupthekourage.org