May 14, 2008 Edition

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Softball event raises $700 for Shelter

Bob Snell and Yalanda Young (right) of KAIT-TV visit with Snell's sons in the dugout during the celebrity softball game.
Kathryn Caldwell
TD Intern

A celebrity softball game was held Saturday at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge, sponsored by Legacy Hospice. With 120 people in attendance, they raised $700 for the Children's Shelter.

Terry Wallace of Legacy Hospice and coordinator of the event, said "I really enjoyed getting this together and would like it to be something done annually, maybe for different charities."

"Everything just fell right into place and the community has been very supportive of my efforts," he added.

Wallace said he would like to thank Lewis Slaughter Auction, State Farm, Adam Staples, Goin' Postal, Movie Gallery, Dixie Caf´┐Ż, Generations, Pulaski Bank and Hays for their support of this event.

Members of the Walnut Ridge All-Stars were Bill Wilcoxson - head coach, Bob McNeal - assistant coach, Rodney Floyd, Ed Baker, Brett Hufstedler, Richie Burgin, Leslie Burgin, Billy Baker, Lindy Baker, Jason Ward, Jimmy Hodges, Noah Burnside, Bob Culbreath, Andy McNeal, Dina Hufstedler, Carrie Massey and Vickie Mitchell.

Members of the celebrity team were Head Coach Dick Clay, Rick Christian, Bob Snell, Glenn Marini, Yalanda Young and Sara Tipton of KAIT -TV; Todd Onstead of AAA Film, Dr. Roger Troxel, Michael Steele of 95.9 The Wolf, WRES Principal Kim Keen and Blake Shaw of The Shaws.

The Children's Shelter board envisions the shelter to be a place where children who are not at fault can be safe from violence, neglect, and physical or sexual abuse until a suitable relative or foster care is available.

It is a non-profit organization that takes donations of any amount and any items that are of necessity to children. These items include but are not limited to toothbrush and holder, toothpaste, hairbrush, bar soap and holder, shampoo, Kleenex, flashlights and other personal hygiene items.

The Children's Shelter will be open to children from ages 12 to 18 who have been referred by DHHS, the courts, a legal parent or guardian.

Legacy Hospice is an organization that aids patients and their families who are dealing with incurable illnesses. Legacy Hospice provides services such as nursing services, pastoral care, on-call nurses 24 hours a day and any equipment needed to care for patients.

Benefit set for June 28

In order to raise more funds to help get this building up and running, The Children's Shelter is having a benefit gala at the Walnut Ridge Country Club on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 8pm. There will be a live auction, hors d'oeuvres and DJ entertainment. The cost is $35 per person and $60 per couple.

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