July 04, 2007 Edition

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Children's Shelter Benefit a success

Cindy Lewis displays a gift basket up for auction at the Lawrence County Children's Shelter Benefit while Lewis Slaughter takes bids. Several items were donated for the auction including golf packages, gift baskets, toy tractors and autographed memorabilia.
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The second annual Lawrence County Children's Shelter Benefit, held Saturday evening at the Walnut Ridge Country Club raised approximately $10,000, according to Judy Turnbull, one of the event's organizers.

A live auction of donated items netted $5,000.

"The auction did very well," she said. Lewis Slaughter served as auctioneer, and Cindy Lewis, another member of the event committee, displayed the items and offered descriptions when needed.

Turnbull said a highlight of the auction was Eggie Tedder's services as bid spotter.

"He gave the crowd a lot of fun," she said. "He would really get out there and talk to the people and say things like, 'You're not gonna let her take that away from you are you?'"

Turnbull said she was pleased with the crowd, though it was a little lighter than last year's event.

"With it being the weekend before a holiday, we had a really nice crowd, and they were very generous with their bidding," she said.

Others serving on the event committee were: Terri Lawrence, Julie Ponder, Kari Shanks and Beth Price.

Turnbull said Jerry Winters and the staff at the country club were a lot of help and did an excellent job of preparing and serving the food.

The event included a large table of hors d'oeuvres, and Angel Gipson of Walnut Ridge provided entertainment, playing the piano and singing. In addition, Karen Williams of the Flower Basket provided four flower arrangements and balloons for decorations. The flower arrangements were auctioned off at the end of the evening.

Turnbull said they are still expecting some corporate gifts, so they hope to see the total increase. Anyone who was not able to attend but would like to make a donation can mail it to The Children's Shelter in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 509, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

"I thought it was very successful," Turnbull said of the fund-raiser. "Everything went off really well."

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