Make-A-Wish Effort a Big Success

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Rector High School students (from left) Evan Dooley, Colton Lindsey, Parker Bucy and Conly Lockhart probably were the most colorful volunteers for Rector's 2017 Make-A-Wish roadblock Friday, Feb. 17, which raised an amazing $9,011.97. It was a beautiful sunny day and many other students and adults also turned out to man roadblocks which raised funds to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. The Northeast Arkansas total for the day was an incredible $351,123. (photo provided)

Unlike some previous years, weather conditions were excellent Friday, Feb. 17, for the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser dubbed the Wish-A-Thon. Over a dozen roadblocks were in operation across Northeast Arkansas, including locations in both Rector and Piggott. And, when the day was done the regional volunteers had generated over $351,000 toward the worthy cause.

Throughout the day volunteers manned a collection point in front of the Country Mart in Piggott, and their efforts helped the local group hit their goal.

"A great big thanks to the people of Piggott, thanks to them we hit our goal of $11,089.55," noted Geraldine Crawford. "We raised about $5,206 from the Daddy-Daughter Dance, we received $805 from the South Thornton Street Church of Christ and today's roadblock generated $5,078."

Organizers and volunteers of the Piggott Make-A-Wish Foundation roadblock gather for a group photo Friday afternoon at their location in front of the Country Mart supermarket. The group raised over $11,000 for the annual Wish-A-Thon fundraising effort, exceeding last year's amount.(courtesy photo)

After generating over $10,000 during last year's effort, the local committee had raised the goal, and were pleased to reach it.

"I want to thank each and everyone who came out and held a sign or bucket," Crawford added. "We have an outstanding group of young men and women that were there all day, we couldn't have done it without them."

She also offered special thanks to Coach Michael Harrell and the members of the Mohawk football team for their assistance, adding "we appreciate having them here throughout the day."

Crawford also offered a word of thanks to Country Mart for letting them set-up on their property, and for donating refreshments for last week's dance.

The local committee included Crawford, Mistie Gossett, Kimberley Donner, Debbie Harrell and Elise Gossett among others. This group also organized the recent Daddy-Daughter Dance, along with last year's dance and roadblock efforts.

Other regional efforts were also successful, with the Rector group reporting the collection of some $9,011.97 toward the total.

The annual Wish-A-Thon to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation is coordinated in Northeast Arkansas by the Jonesboro Radio Group and KAIT. Organizers report the final tally for the region this year was $351,123.25.

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