Daddy Daughter Dance a Success, Roadblocks Set

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Local organizers, volunteers and members of the Mohawk football team manned the roadblock in front of the Country Mart in Piggott during last year's Wish-A-Thon. Many of the same will be volunteering again this year, although the weather forecast is not as favorable.
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Saturday's Daddy-Daughter Dance, in Piggott, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation was a big success according to organizers, with over $6,000 dollars generated. The dance was held at the Piggott Community Center, and attracted some 400 participants. Students at Rector Schools were also doing their part last week, competing in a coin drive with prizes of both pizza and popcorn parties on the line—with the proceeds benefitting the effort.

This Friday, Feb. 16, local volunteers will turn-out en masse, as they'll be conducting roadblocks to raise additional funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation's annual Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon.

The Daddy-Daughter dance was the third such event held locally to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, planned by Geraldine Crawford and her co-organizers and volunteers. Dozens of others also gave of their time, and many businesses and individuals helped with donations of both materials and cash.

“We have a goal of $12,000 this year and I know by all of us pulling together our community can do it,” Crawford said of the effort. “We've also gotten a lot of assistance this year from the Piggott High School FBLA, along with others.”

She reported the drawing for the iPad, which was donated by Piggott State Bank, generated $660; First National Bank donated $250; Burcham Dental Arts donated $100 and the photo effort by Janina Dutka grossed $1,760. The South Thornton Street Church of Christ also donated $721.51 they had raised.

“With the donations for admission to the dance, after expenses we cleared $6,081.56 and there are others who are still raising money for the cause,” she added.

Crawford also offered a special word of thanks to everyone who attended the dance, 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 while volunteers will also be manning a location in Rector at the intersection of Main and Highway 49.

“I hope the weather is good and everyone comes out and supports the roadblocks Friday,” Crawford added. “It's my favorite—I just love watching the Mohawk football team as we get close to our goal and all the yelling when we hit it. Last year, they were dumping the change out of their cars, calling grandmas, moms and dads—just whatever it took to reach our goal.”

Crawford also noted there were a number of other efforts underway, including the sale of corsages by Piggott Florist and the sale of strawberries and cupcakes from Madpies. A number of other local businesses are also collecting funds for the effort in support of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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