Buffalo Island EMS auction raises $21,156

Thursday, February 28, 2002
There was something for everyone at the Buffalo Island EMS Auction on Saturday. Griffin Varner, five-year-old son of Keven and Tanya Varner, was very pleased the pedal tractor that he bidded on and got. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Once again area residents showed their support for the Buffalo Island EMS ambulance service based in Monette. The annual auction fund-raiser was a great success raising $21,156.71.

The ambulance service has been serving the area for over 20 years. The annual auction is the major fund-raising event giving the community the opportunity to show their support.

The auctioneers helped make it fun for everyone. This year's auctioneers were Captain Lovell, Jim Grisham, and Bill Harrell. Serving as ring men were Jodie Brown, Marvin Brown and Tink Wimberly.

The event draws supporters from throughout the community and surrounding towns. They are not there looking for bargains, they are there to help keep the ambulance service going. Homemade quilts, baked items, miniature tractors, chemicals, cotton seed, hand-painted items, tools, and much were donated for the auction. There was also lots of barbecue and home-baked goods on hand for lunch.

A television, donated by Robertson Brothers in Leachville, for a drawing was won by Ricky Stewart. Stewart donated the television back to be auctioned off.

Also on hand for the event were several local candidates and each was given a few minutes to introduce themselves.

Jodie Brown serves as EMS Director and is assisted by a board of directors consisting of Tink Wimberley, Moba Lee Miller, Dick Pace, Tammy Rolland and Marvin Brown.

"We appreciate the support that we have received from the communities. We are fortunate to have the service here. They do an outstanding job," Jodie Brown said.

Approximately 100 numbers were issued to the bidders for the day.

Louise Benton and Anna Clark served as recorders ane Earnestine Harrell and Vickki Carroll collected the money.

Tammy Rolland said she had a great staff helping out in the kitchen which included Donna Rolland, Gaye Rolland, Janet Rolland, Jamie Rolland, Jewell Rolland, Darlya Hetler, Brenda Edwards and Karen McClellan.

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