Boil raises $25,000 for Sav-A-Life

Published 11:18 pm Monday, March 4, 2013

The annual Pike County Sav-A-Life fundraiser might no longer be called the “Low Country Boil.”

From now on, it could be dubbed the “High County Boil” based on the high amount of dollars raised and the high number of diapers donated.

The Friday night event netted $25,000 and a ton of diapers, 176 packs and boxes to be exact and 7,246 diapers down to the number.

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“Those who donated a pack of diapers had their names entered into a drawing for a Big Green Egg,” said Lois Finlay, Sav-A-Life director. “The winner was Tanya Murphy of Millbrook.”

Finlay expressed appreciation to all of those who attended the annual Pike County Sav-A-Life fundraiser, which is its largest.

“We had about 400 people in attendance and we thank all of them and all of those who donated to our silent auction and those who bid so generously and our sponsors,” Finlay said.

“The silent auction raised about $10,000 and $15,000 was from the meal, from donations and our sponsors.”

By working together and pulling together, Finlay said the fundraiser was a tremendous success.

Operating expenses for Sav-A-Life run about $60,000 a year with most of those funds going to services, utilities and rent.

“We only have two part time employees and the two of us work a total of 31 hours a week,” Finlay said. “We are a service organization and 2,230 clients visited the Sav-A-Life center last year.

“The visits were for ultra sounds, pregnancy tests, Bible study and parenting and nutrition classes. We also have a clothes closet with a lot of baby items.”

Sav-A-Life also offers classes for teens at Pike County and Charles Henderson high schools.

Because Sav-A-Life is spiritually based, in order to get diapers, a mom must attend the weekly Bible studies, parenting and nutrition classes.

Sav-A-Life’s second largest fundraiser, the Baby Bottle Fundraiser, is held annually from Mothers Day until Fathers Day.

Baby bottles are placed in businesses around the county and coins are collected in support of Sav-A-Life.

“The mission of Sav-A-Life is to save the mothers and then save the children,” Finlay said.

Sav-A-Life is located on South Brundidge Street in Troy and donations are needed and appreciated.