Thursday, August 31, 2006
Benefit for Shaw family huge success
By SUE WATSON
A community-led fund-raiser Saturday to benefit the Morgan Shaw family was a great success thanks to all the donated food, drinks, baked goods and auction items, music and volunteer labor, according to Ronnie Luther with the Clydesdale Christmas Store.
Appreciation goes out to the public who bought tickets, made personal donations and bought auction items as well as a long list of donors.
“It was a countywide effort, with people helping from Holly Springs, Potts Camp and Byhalia to make this event a success,” Luther said.
Volunteers for the Clydesdale Christmas Store helped organize the fund-raiser; Terry Byrd and his barbecue team cooked 500 Boston butts - a four-day effort; Sheriff Kenny Dickerson and his team cooked fried catfish and the works; the VFW provided the space with the Ladies Auxiliary doing much of the serving; A & B Distributing provided all the drinks at no cost with all proceeds donated; Jenny Janssen and her girls at the Service Station operated the bar; Tim Clarkson provided a refrigerated truck; 10 Marshall Academy students with the community involvement team ran errands; Donna Boyuka and Mary Clay Brooks coordinated the bake sale; the Clydesdale Christmas Store donated $1,500; Aims Logistics, of Collierville, donated $930 in cash and goods; a Holly Springs philanthropist paid for the fish; three other philanthropists donated $500 each; and Ricky Perkins lined up the entertainment and ran the mixing board.
Five bands provided entertainment free - the Ricky Perkins Band, Bliss, John Barnett from Oxford, Tate Moore and the Cosmic Door from Oxford, and Kenny Brown, Mississippi hills blues artist.
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