Through the years since that first May Day, the Ossoli Club has used May Day proceeds to help many, many programs and fundraising campaigns in the community. Some examples include the first Whitley County Bookmobile, seating and lighting in the Corbin High School Redhound Theater, furnishing the Corbin Public Library Community Room, purchasing the nativity which is displayed each Christmas season in front of Corbin City Hall, helping the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, Friends of the Colonel, Corbin Garden Club, Baptist Health Foundation, Carnegie Center of Corbin, Corbin Police Department’s Shop With a Cop Program, Girl Scouts of the Wilderness Road Council’s science and technology event, Meals on Wheels, and the Empty Stocking Fund.
May Day involves children from preschool through high school in fundraising, community involvement and creative performance. The May Day Queens’ races center around a fundraising competition between girls in two different age brackets. Tenth grade girls compete for the title of May Day Queen and girls of kindergarten age compete for the title of Tiny Queen.
Votes are cast for each candidate by contributing to her fundraising campaign. Collection boxes are placed at the candidates’ sponsoring merchants. These merchants graciously help with May Day every year by hosting the queen candidates’ collection boxes.
Half of the May Day fundraising proceeds each year go to the classrooms of the groups that participate in the program. The other half is used by the Ossoli Club to fund community improvement projects and programs. So, making a contribution to a candidate is also making a contribution to the community.
Votes cast by check should be made payable to the Ossoli Foundation with the name of the candidate on the check’s memo line. The Ossoli Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.
Votes can also be cast on our website!