Benefit Auction Raises More Than $24,000 for Rescue Squad

Oneida, TN (2018-04-23) The Scott County Benefit Auction and Telethon raised more than $24,000 for the Scott County Rescue Squad over the weekend.

Organizers say the 22nd Annual Scott County Benefit Auction and Telethon was another resounding success. The two-day, ten-hour event reportedly raised more than $24,500 that will directly benefit the Scott County Rescue Squad.  “Without the help of the sponsors, the merchants who donate, the bidders who keep the action going, the donations, and the volunteers who give so unselfishly, we could do nothing,” said Committee Chairperson Jerry Kline.

Major contributors to this year’s auction included First National Bank and Big South Fork Medical Center.  Affiliate sponsors included:  County Attorney John Beaty; Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board; Children’s Center of the Cumberlands Advisory Board; Circle of Life; Citizen’s First Bank; Danny’s Drugs; Ellis Family Dentistry; Mike and Rena Erwin; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fields in memory of Dick Smith;  Grace Primary Care, J & M Construction Grading Division, Jones & Son Funeral Home; Lumber King; Marcum Excavating;  Marcum and Petroff; Mark’s Family Pharmacy; Miller Paving; Mountain People’s Health Council; Oneida Lions’ Club; People’s Bank of the South; Phillips Jones Wealth Management; Raezack’s Grill & Country Cookin’; Roark’s Pharmacy; Scott County Pharmacy; Scott County Shelter Society Board of Directors; Dr. & Mrs. David Sexton; STAND; Don and Tracy Stansberry; Takahata Precision Tennessee; Taylor Holdings, LLC; Town of Huntsville Mayor and Aldermen; Town of Oneida Mayor and Aldermen; United Cumberland Bank; and Jerry and Sharon Wilson.

Contributors to the auction included:  Highland Telephone Cooperative, which provided a bank of telephones to receive bids and Highland Communications, which promoted the event via a billboard in Oneida.  Other advertising was provided by the Independent Herald, Oneida Cable and Video, Scott County News and WBNT radio.  West Murley, Jones and Son, and Four Oaks Funeral Homes provided tents for food and volunteers.  Mark Matthews provided porta-toilets for the event.  Signage was provided by the SignSmith.

Food and drinks for the event was supplied by:  DJ’s Pitstop, Firehouse Pizza, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Little Caesar’s, McDonald’s of Oneida, Raezack’s Country Cookin’, Scenic Foods, Subway, Sweetie Pie’s, Taco Bell, and Kim Hammock.  El Rey’s Mexican Restaurant, Phillips’ Drive-In, McDonald’s of Oneida, and the Scott County Senior Citizens Center provided food items to bidders that exceeded the value of the auction item.

The annual auction and telethon benefits the Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau, Children’s Center of the Cumberlands, Scott County Rescue Squad, and the Scott County Shelter Society, which retain the proceeds on a rotating basis.

The event was hosted by Rick Keeton, who has emceed the event since its inception in 1996.  It was held at the studios of Oneida Broadcasters, Inc., radio station WBNT FM and Oneida Cable and Video.

This year’s event was held in the Spring instead of August.  Organizers moved the annual event to April because of conflicts with numerous events in the Fall.  Last weekend’s event will be the only one for the year.  The next auction will be held in April 2019 and will benefit the Scott County Shelter Society.