In spite of the rain and cold, supporters of the Buffalo Island EMS Ambulance Service attended the annual fund-raising auction held Saturday at the BIC cafeteria in Monette. The event netted over $18,000.
Auctioneers Captain Lovell, Bill Harrell, Jim Grisham and Todd Emerson, along with Jodie Brown, Marvin Brown and Tink Wimberly, kept the bidding going at a fast pace while other volunteers manned the concession stand, ticket sales, and recorded the sales.
The bidders were not there looking for bargains, they were there to help a good cause -- to help the ambulance service in operation.
Quilts went for $180 to $220, $40 cakes, and miniature tractors and farm equipment for well over $100 each. A large variety of donated items including dinners, hair cuts, homemade items, tools, chemicals, hand-painted items were purchased.
A TV/VCR combination donated by Robertson Brothers Furniture was given away at the end of the day. The winning ticket drawn was purchased by Jamie Rolland of Monette.
The Buffalo Island EMS Ambulance Service has been serving the area for over 20 years. It was established late in 1979. Jodie Brown of Leachville serves as EMS director assisted by a board of directors consisting of Tink Wimberly, Moba Lee Miller, Tammy Rolland, Marvin Brown and Dick Pace.
"We appreciate the support we receive from all of the communities," Jodie Brown said. "We are fortunate to have the ambulance service here. They do an outstanding job."
The ambulance service is based in Monette and serves the Monette/Leachville area as well as the surrounding communities.
"Wherever they are needed, they are there," Miller said.
In addition to the auction, boston butts were barbecued, sold and delivered on Thursday. The concession stand consisted of barbecue sandwiches and a large variety of homebaked items.
"The auction is successful because of the community support. We appreciate everyone that takes part," Miller said.