This year’s back-to-school bash will celebrate the beginning of a new school year and will help McPherson’s Firefighters Benefit group with their annual Fill the Boot Drive, which will raise money for muscular dystrophy in honor of Rebecca Fulcher and Blake Reed.

The event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 18 at 214 E. Euclid St. in McPherson.

Rebecca Fulcher, a McPherson resident, was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy, and was killed in a car accident in April of 2017. Reed, was the student assistant coach for the McPherson College football team, died in 2010 from complications of muscular dystrophy at 22.

“We wanted to find something that was more local to support this foundation, like the back-to-school bash. Blake (Reed) had muscular dystrophy and passed away recently. He was a big part of this town and community so we thought it would be a good tribute for him since his parents created the foundation,” said Zach Peterson, firefighter and EMT and is a part of the McPherson Firemen’s Benefit group.

“It’s a great time to bring people down to the sno shack for a great cause and to celebrate the new school year. It gives the people in McPherson a chance to meet the new people in town as far as college students and other newcomers in the community,” said Brian Hopps, owner of Hopps Sno Shack and host of the event.

The Red Dirt Sons will play country music that evening.

The McPherson Firemen Benefit group will place boots around the sno shack to collect donations for the Fuse Foundation.

All proceeds will go toward the foundation.

“We will also have a booth for concessions with hot dogs, chips, water and condiments,” Peterson said.

Children will have the chance to buy sno cones, popcorn, participate in sidewalk art and yard games.

“We love giving back to the community. We have a great time while getting to know others,” he said.

Peterson said they are excited to join in on the community fun.

“We’ll just have a presence there and have fun with everyone else — that’s the main thing,” Peterson said.

For more information, call Hopps Sno Shack at 620-241-0077. 

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