Community Comes Together to Support Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County

(BEDFORD) – The “Wizard of Oz” Themed Auction Raised a total of $106,997. 

This fundraiser was a community collaborative cause.  Nearly sixty local businesses sponsored this event and more than four hundred Lawrence County citizens attended.

A heartfelt appreciation to Max and Brenda Klosterman for donating their time, talent and resources to auctioneer the event. 

Penny May and Tommy Carroll with the Little Theatre assisted the direction of the Lollipop Guild and the Lullaby League skits.  They also helped provide some of the character costumes.  

Becky Mason, MHS art teacher, and selected students created the ten-foot-tall hot air balloon, entrance props, and the emerald city stage props. 


Oolitic School art teacher, Sean Steele and some of his selected students created the haunted trees that helped set the theme behind the registration area. 

Appreciation to Bedford Parks Department Director Barry Jeskewich and his team for providing the projector, video screen, and tents. 

Dr. Jim Sowders presented the Courage Award.

Special thanks to local community volunteers that helped make the night magical with creating additional decor like the lollipops and posies that lined the yellow brick road to the stage.  Cole and Cassandra King, Terry and Shawna Tafflinger, Dan and Kellie Kemple were just to name a few. 

To set up an event to this caliber demands many resources.  The External Affairs Committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County would also like to thank Cory and Tess Mikels with Mikels Signs for printing the yellow brick road and other needed signage.  St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bedford Revitalization Inc., and Lions Club helped provide the tables and chairs that seated nearly four hundred community members. 

Many hours of planning and precision went into this amazing night by the External Affairs Committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County.

Master of Ceremony Eugene Kim

Special thanks and gratitude go to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County Resource Director Timber Browning and External Affairs Committee Chair Holly Davis for leading the courageous committee members; Missy Tackett, Kellie Kemple, Bruce Calloway, Theresa Lemons, Nancy Posten and the Master of Ceremony Eugene Kim. 

This community collaboration proves there truly is “No Place Like Home” for our community youth in Lawrence County. 

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County needs financial support all year round and not just during fundraising events. There are many other things that need financial support such as the upkeep and maintenance of the facilities.

Safety at the facility has become a top-priority requiring additional needs. The Club pays more than $30,000 a year to provide Resource Officers at the Club. Not only do they provide safety, but interact with the children providing education on bullying, drugs, and crime furthering the education of members outside of school in a safe environment. 

Any contribution is greatly appreciated – large or small. In addition, there are many volunteering opportunities available in the After School Programs, Athletics, Concessions, Facilities, and Special Events.

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