Make-A-Wish Effort Tops Last Year

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Once again this year, Mohawk football players provided a good deal of the labor in manning the Piggott roadblock for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon. Pictured braving the cold and rain of Friday morning are, from left: Dylan Bellers, Hayden Lemmons and Dylan West.
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Despite rainy and cold weather conditions, Friday's Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon roadblocks to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation were tremendous successes. Both the Rector and Piggott groups eclipsed their goals, and in the process local volunteers helped the regional effort raise over $421,000.

Several collections were conducted at Rector, including a coin contest for students in the school system. The bucket brigade was also out in full force on Friday, while others worked behind the scenes for the cause. The hard work resulted in a total of $10,325 for the Rector-area effort, as they once again surpassed their goal.

The goal for the Piggott area group was $12,000, and thanks to a very-late-in-the-day donation it was also met.

These Rector Cougar student-athletes braved the cold and rain on Friday to help man the bucket brigade for the Wish-A-Thon. Pictured are, from left: Kirk Beshears, Ty Jones, Zane McNeely, Sam Simmons, Jordan Wilson, Hunter McNeely, Sawyer Hendrix, Gabby Clark and Colbie Robinson.
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Piggott area organizer Geraldine Crawford noted the roadblock was just a small part of the local effort to support Make-A-Wish. “We want to offer a big thanks to everyone who took the time to help fill our buckets,” she noted. “We live in a very giving community.”

Crawford indicated the last-minute donation by Emmanuel Baptist Church of Piggott, and local cowboy churches, pushed them over the top. “Piggott delivered $12,237, to Make-A-Wish on Friday. An additional $125 was given on Sunday, making our local total $12,362,” she reported.

She indicated the recent daddy-daughter dance raised $6,157.20 of the total, with just over $6,200 raised at the roadblock. The dance total included $1,460 in profit from pictures by Skylex Photography; $804 from Madpie's cupcake and strawberry sales; $660 from the raffle for the Ipad donated by Piggott State Bank; $250 from First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center; $846 from the South Thornton Street Church of Christ; $706 from Piggott Elementary; $200 from the Piggott High School FBLA and $65 from Piggott Florist for the sale of corsages.

Donations of supplies for the dance also came from Country Mart and Aerial Bouquets, while door prizes were provided by Katie's Splash of Class, Piggott Florist, Treasure Chest, Dandelion Florist, Front Porch Flea Market, Renee's Touch of Class, Fred's, Cox Lumber Company, Piggott Pharmacy, Suzy's, Lavish Hair Studio, The Nest, Piggott Public Library and Emmanuel Baptist Church.

“We also want to thank the Piggott Community Alliance, Front Street Pizza, Madpie's, The City Market and Pat Self and all the many others for providing yummy finger foods for the dance,” she added. “We appreciate everyone that took the time to help decorate, serve or clean-up. It was a success because of each of you.”

She also offered thanks to all the volunteers who battled the rain, wind and cold to collect on Friday.

“The Mohawk football team was there most of the day, as they have been each year,” Crawford added. “So many of us could learn from their community service. The high school cheerleaders and FBLA members also helped man the roadblock.”

The local Make-A-Wish effort has become a year-round effort, and later this year will receive support from the 20th annual Piggott Heritage Car Show. Crawford noted such an endeavor would be impossible without help.

“I apologize if I have left anyone out. This is a community effort and could never happen without each of them,” she concluded. “I really want to thank my committee—Mistie Gossett, Debbie Harrell, Kim Donner and Jenna Mobley. They rock! And, they are so dedicated and easy to work with. They help make my dream come true.”

She also offered a big thanks to her husband, Dale, who is “my number one supporter, and gets dragged into doing so much behind the scenes.”

According to Make-A-Wish Foundation officials, the Northeast Arkansas effort surpassed its goal and raised more than $70,000 more than last year. The final tally announced at the conclusion of the event was $421,843.36.

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