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Community raises $6,000 in effort to help one of its own

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Andrea Davis, Amy Lowe, and Emily Lowe present John Ed Suddarth with his new bench/picnic table made by Jim and Ann Marshall and donated for the Davis Fundraiser. Submitted photo.

One might call Saturday’s fundraiser for David Davis a huge success, or in simple terms “Elsberry Strong”. When word got out that one of their own needed a little boost to get over a medical bump in his roadway of life, Elsberrians came one by one to buy a meal, or raffle tickets or simply to just make a donation until $6,000 had been raised.
Coordinator for the event, Trudy Bull, knows that this event wasn’t a success because of just one person, but was because of one thought.
Two weeks ago when Bull took to social media to schedule the event it was nothing short of a giant snowball and it just kept rolling and rolling.
“This was such a success because of all the good people of this community,” said Bull.
For events like this gauging how much food is enough is a hard task. So Bull decided to prepare for 200 dinners purchasing all the necessities for the meals, but when the final count was done on Saturday afternoon approximately 400 meals had been served in three hours. As they ran out of items, they went and purchased more and more and more. Proving that the best laid plans don’t always happen.
There were 36 items donated for the raffles/auction, numerous desserts made and donated for the meal and hours upon hours of all the volunteers who helped with the day’s events, to show once again that Elsberry is a great community to be a part of.
Davis was unable to make an appearance at the event with his current medical treatment, but his family was on hand to take in the generosity of so many.
His wife, Andrea, was overwhelmed with the day’s activities, but personally tried to thank as many people as she possibly could. She added, “We can’t thank this community enough and are very grateful, and what we need now most is your prayers.”

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