"I can't say thank-you enough, the event was a big success and we raised over $5,000," organizer Geraldine Crawford said of the dance. "We're still calculating some of the costs, but hope to hit our goal this Friday with the roadblock."
The dance was the second such event held locally to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, planned by Crawford and her co-organizers Mistie Gossett, Kim Donner and Debbie Harrell. Dozens of other volunteers also gave of their time, and many businesses and individuals helped with donations of both materials and cash.
"They say it takes a village to raise a child, well the village outdid itself Saturday night," Crawford notes. "There's no way we can thank everyone, but there were a lot of folks who went above-and-beyond."
Crawford reported the Ipad mini which was donated by Piggott State Bank generated over $400 in the sales of raffle tickets, and the photo effort by Janina Evans Dutka grossed over $1,600. She also offered thanks to Adam Dutka and Bridgette Wilson for their assistance with the photographs.
Local businesses donating door prizes included The Nest, Treasure Chest, Blue Sky Storehouse, Master Marketing, Holcomb's Pharmacy, Baker Implement, Steen Auto and Farm Equipment Sales, Jeanette Gramling, Legacy Equipment and Piggott Forist.
"A big thanks to Donna Fair, of Aerial Bouquets, for providing balloons and helium to decorate the community center," she added. "And, thanks to PHS teachers Karen Coomer, Michael Harrell and Jon Wellman for bringing their students to decorate--and clean-up afterwards."
She also offered thanks to PHS agriculture teacher Casey Simpson for building the steps at the last minute, and to Jerri Tate's art class for providing donation boxes.
Crawford also offered her appreciation to all the ladies who served and made refreshments, and those who helped decorate on Friday and Saturday, noting--"we couldn't have done this without you. I wish I could list each of you, but I'm afraid I'd leave someone out, and I especially want to thank my husband, Dale, for his support and putting up with me during this time of year."
She also offered a special word of thanks to everyone who attended the event, and made it a success.
The roadblocks will be in operation throughout the day on Friday, with volunteers manning locations across Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The roadblock in Piggott will be in front of the Country Mart supermarket, located on East Main Street. Last year the local effort generated some $10,000 and Crawford notes this year's goal is $12,000.