Fundraiser for first responders to be held Friday at Cattlemen Park

Published 3:00 am Thursday, August 17, 2017

Obedient Walk Ministries will host a fundraiser “for those who support you” Friday night at Cattlemen Park.

The fundraiser is an effort to create community involvement for first responders.

Chaplain Tony Wood of Obedient Walk Ministries said every penny that is donated to the fundraiser will be used in support of Pike County first responders.

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Wood said there are many charities worthy of the community’s support but the fundraiser without a catchy name is just as worthy.

“We don’t actually have a name for the fundraiser other that it’s ‘for those who support you,’” Wood said. “Our first responders are there for us in emergency situations and when there is an urgent need. They support us and this fundraiser is our opportunity to support them. Every penny will go in support of our first responders.”

Admission to the ‘Fundraiser for Those Who Support You’ Friday night is free, so are the concessions, the entertainment, the program and the fellowship. Donations will be graciously accepted on behalf of Pike County’s first responders.

The doors of Cattlemen Park will open at 6:15 p.m. Bidding for the silent auction items will begin at 6:30 p.m. along with entertainment by The Benton Brothers & Company, the Old Time Gospel Singers and Kristin Daughtry.

Hotdogs, soft drinks and other concessions will be available as everyone enjoys the fun and fellowship that come when friends and neighbors gather for a good cause.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. The featured speakers will be the Rev. Jimmy Helms, post commander, Alabama State Troopers in Troy, the Rev. Stephen Swann from Tennessee and Wood of Obedient Walk Ministries.

Wood said Friday night’s event is an opportunity for Pike Countians to show their support “for those who support you” with their presence and through donations in support of first responders’ dedication and commitment to others.

A first responder is defined as a certified, often volunteer, emergency, medical, or law enforcement officer who is the first to arrive at an accident or disaster scene.

But ask anyone who has been involved in an emergency situation and they will say “a first responder is one who has the face of an angel.”

Lindy Wood, an event volunteer, said Friday night’s event is a time for the community to say “thank you” to its first responders in a collective way.

“It will mean a lot for our first responders to know that our community acknowledges the contributions they make,” she said. “We want them to know somebody cares and the Pike County community does care. This is a chance to show how much.”