Butterfly House dinner/auction raises $12,000+

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The second annual Butterfly House dinner/auction was held at the Manila Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 25. Approximately 200 attended and a total of $12,179.50 was raised.

Rodney McClellan and Scott Gifford served as auctioners for the Butterfly House event.

The barbecue dinner was catered by Big Butts. Brandy Hurst welcomed everyone to the event.

"Your donations and support can mean a new life for the women who will be served by the Butterfly House," Hurst said.

She went on to say a project of this magnitude will take time and resources but will be beneficial in transforming lives.

Drawing of the future Butterfly House.

A drawing of future plans for the Butterfly House was on display. The Butterfly House is a non-profit, faith based recovery center for women. It is free to the women who are seeking to break the bondage of addiction.

Guest speaker for the evening was Rennell Woods with the Youth Ministries of Jonesboro.

He spoke about the struggles of his growing up years and how it took him years to realize the positive influence his mother had on him during those years.

He said the Jonesboro youth ministries has served over 45,000 children.

"I want you to think about the women who will come through this house and what a positive affect it will have on their lives," he said. "What a story Manila will have from generation to generation."

He encouraged everyone to not grow weary but to continue to work to see the Butterfly House become the place that changes lives. He thanked the board of directors, the citizens, and the leaders who are working to make it happen.

"We are called to good works," He said. "Thank you and God bless you."

The live auction proved to be great entertainment with volunteer auctioneers Rodney McClellan and Scott Gifford who kept the bidding lively.

McClellan thanked the board for allowing him to be part of the auction. He is owner of the A-1 Auction. He praised the Agape House in Paragould and the work that is being done there.

Over 75 auction items donated by area businesses and individuals. Door prizes were also donated and given away throughout the evening. Butterfly House tee-shirts and cookbooks were available.

Rex Farmer was the lucky winner for the Ipad drawing.

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