Oneida, TN (2017-08-07) The annual Scott County Benefit Auction and Telethon held last weekend raised more than $24,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau.
According to Auction Treasurer Brenda Sexton, the final total raised during the two-day event was in excess of $24,600. All the funds received at the auction will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau, which is Scott County’s largest provider of youth sports, recreational, cultural and educational opportunities, both after school and during the summer. Each year, over 1,000 children, from all walks of life, participate in Club activities through direct services or community outreach programs.
The auction committee and the Board of Directors and staff of the Boys and Girls Club would like to thank everyone for their help in making the annual auction a huge success. “Without the help of the sponsors, the merchants who donate, the bidders who keep the action going, and the volunteers who give so unselfishly, we could do nothing,” said a committee spokesperson. In addition to the many merchants and individuals who sponsored and provided items for the auction, the committee expressed appreciation to those who provided other invaluable services, including auction host Rick Keeton and his relief announcer, Tim Smith; owner Hillard Mattie and staff of WBNT Radio and Oneida Cable and Video for use of their facility, and their tireless work to air the telethon.
First National Bank of Oneida was the Big Board sponsor for this year’s auction, which shared the leader board in loving memory of Jordan Swain, the late son of Board Chairman Mike Swain and his wife, Marsha. Other board sponsors included: County Attorney John Beaty; Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board; Children’s Center of the Cumberlands Advisory Board; Circle of Life Obstetrics and Family Care; Citizens First Bank; Danny’s Drugs; Dr. Spencer Ellis, DDS; First Select Mobile Homes; Grace Primary Care; JDS Technologies; J & M Construction – Grading Division; Jones & Son Funeral Home; Danny King Lumber; a friend of the auction in memory of the late Richard (Dick) Smith; Lumber King; Marcum and Petroff, Attorneys at Law; Mike’s Station; Mountain People’s Health Council; People’s Bank of the South; Phillips Jones Wealth Management, Raezack’s Grill & Country Cookin’; Roark’s Pharmacy; Scott County Pharmacy; Scott County Women’s Shelter Board of Directors; Dr. & Mrs. David Sexton; STAND; Don and Tracy Stansberry; Town of Huntsville Mayor & Aldermen; United Cumberland Bank; and Jerry and Sharon Wilson.
Overbid bonuses were supplied by El Rey’s Mexican Restaurant, Phillips’ Drive-In, McDonald’s of Oneida, and the Scott County Senior Citizens Center. Telephones were manned by volunteers from Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Center of the Cumberlands, Scott County Rescue Squad, the Scott County Shelter Society and other volunteers. Food and drinks for the workers were supplied by Arby’s, El Rey’s Mexican Restaurant, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lee’s Famous Chicken, Little Caesar’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Sonic Drive-In, Subway, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Kim Hammock and Opal Strunk Catering.
The committee also acknowledged the contributions of Highland Communications, which provided billboard space, and the Independent Herald and Scott County News for their promotion of the telethon. Telephones and telephone lines were supplied by Highland Telephone Cooperative. Sponsor signs were provided by the Signsmith.
The 2018 Scott County Benefit Auction and Telethon will be held earlier next year and is tentatively planned for the first weekend of April. It will benefit the Scott County Rescue Squad.