The first annual Wild Pig Roast 2012 dinner was held Saturday, Feb. 25, at Adams Gin in Leachville to benefit the Butterfly House. A barbecue dinner and a live auction were held.
Danna Deaton, president of the board for the Butterfly House, thanked Tina Adams and husband Brian Nomland for hosting the event, the event sponsors, and guests.
Serving as emcee was Mikey Ryan with 103.9 The Game.
"We have an amazing opportunity to be here and help others," Ryan said. "Heroes are people who make things better for others. Danna is my hero."
Deaton shared her dream of saving women's lives and restoring families through the Butterfly House.
"This event was Congressman Rick Crawford's idea," Deaton said. "I appreciate him and all of the Arkansas leaders, sponsors, and individuals who have come out to support the Butterfly House."
Deaton shared an all too often scenario of women who suffer from addiction without the help they need to turn their lives around and break the cycle.
Deaton asked for continued support for the Butterfly House and prayers for the women who will live at the Butterfly House and their children.
Emcee Ryan introduced Crawford, commenting he is the first ASU graduate to serve in the U.S. Congress. He serves on the transportation and agriculture committees.
"I am proud we live in a nation where people get second chances and proud we serve a Savior who gives second chances," Crawford said.
Crawford introduced U.S. Senator John Boozman and Secretary of State Mark Martin. Each spoke briefly.
Mooney Starr from Batesville served as auctioneer for the event.
The first item to be auctioned was a football signed by ASU Coach Gus Malzahn with Senator Boozman getting the high bid. Other items included a bird bath, tickets to Memphis Grizzlies game, original painting by Dale Case, tickets to ASU game in the athletic director's box, oil painting, pearl necklace and a toolbox.
Among other federal, state and local officials attending the meeting were Senator David Burnett, U.S. Congressman Steve Womack, U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin, Arkansas Representative Linda Collins Smith, Arkansas Representative Homer Lenderman, Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney, Cross County Judge Jack Cobble, Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips, Independence County Judge Robert Griffin, Oceola Mayor Dick Kennemore, Dell Mayor Kenny Jackson, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington.
Sponsors for the event included: Gold Level - Heritage Bank, Adams Land Company and Adams-Vine Foundation; Silver Level -- NEA Baptist Clinic; Bronze Level, Mississippi County Electric cooperative, RC Cola/7Up, Farmers Market, Senator David Burnett, and Rodney Robertson.
Auction and door prizes were donated by ASU Athletic Department, Tool Solutions by Jonesboro, Manufacturing, Inc., Ace Hardware, Gamble Home Furnishings, Wal-Mart, Bill's Fresh Market, Vetcare, Elements in Jonesboro, Body Indulgence in Jonesboro, Joey and Cara Bryant, Eden Day Spa in Jonesboro, Seattle Grind, Dale Case, Robertson Brothers Furniture and Representative Homer Lenderman.
Entertainment was provided by the Unfunded Mandate Band. After the dinner Congressman Crawford joined the band performing several songs.
The event raised approximately $6,500.