Locals team for charity

Ewald Kubota, Taylor Duck Wash and the Taylor Press will collaborate on a two-week event to raise money for programs that feed children in the summer.

Three local businesses have partnered together to support summer youth programs in Taylor. Ewald Kubota, Taylor Duck Wash and the Taylor Press will collaborate on a two-week event to raise money for programs that feed children in the summer.

"I always hear or see stories about kids not having the support they need, especially when they're not in school," said James Vega of Ewald Kubota. "I don't want kids going hungry in the summer because their parents are working or they're at home by themselves."

He said this is a way to make sure children have food during the summer.

"This way they see they have someone in the community, and the community itself cares," he said.

Greg Ladner, owner of the Taylor Duck Wash, said this is a way to help children, but also give back to his community.

"I'm giving back to the community that has supported me for all these years," he said.

As an incentive to get people to donate, Jonathan Jones of the Taylor Press has offered to get a Kubota logo tattooed on his arm if $2,500 is raised.

"If we make it to $5,000, I'll put it on my leg," he said.

Vega said putting a company logo might make Jones uncomfortable, but it is all for a good cause.

"People want to see the torture of the tattoo," Vega laughed. "But, we can raise some money at the same time and feed kids throughout the summer."

In addition to the Kubota tattoo, Ladner, Vega and Jason Hennington, publisher of the Taylor Press, have also agreed to challenges.

If the initial goal of $2,500 is reached, Ladner will dye his beard green, Vega will shave his head and Hennington will dye his hair silver.

"Like always, if it's for the kids then I'm willing to help," Hennington said. "Even if I change my hair color."

The challenge is underway and ends June 30.

To make a donation, visit or call Citizens National Bank, 316 N. Main, and donate to the Ewald Kubota Charity Fund.

For more information, contact Vega at Ewald Kubota at 512-352-5548.

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