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Event nets over $12K
Houston County Courier

By Jenna Duncan
News Reporter

The first of what organizers hope will become an annual event, the Houston County First Responder’s Benefit raised $12,138 for county first responders Saturday, Oct. 13. A combined effort of the Last Frontier and Woodmen of the World, between 200 and 300 community members attended the event that included a dinner, silent auction and live auction. Each department that attended brought pots of red beans, rice and corn bread to preface the dessert contest. Families sat at large tables, and at one point the organizers had to find more tables and chairs, Debbie Clendennen of Woodmen of the World said. “We packed the place and that was a blessing,” she said. “I think it was a total success and wonderful to see.” The event was also family friendly, Cyndy Keys of the Last Frontier said. At the benefit, there was a table set up for a coloring contest, and all of the kids that participated received a certificate. Clendennen also noted that it was important for children to attend the event and learn about their community and the importance of volunteer work. “We have to grow these children up to be volunteers or we won’t have any,” she said. While the event focused on the Houston County area, Keys said businesses as far as Madison and Leon County and even from Bryan do- nated to the cause, with her husband Robert serving as the night’s auctioneer. The biggest goal of the event was to let fi rst re- sponders in the community know that they are appreci- ated, Clendennen said. “I appreciate them so much because I knew I could never be one,” she said.


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