Many area groups found June to be a good month this year for hosting annual fundraisers. Among them were the Duncan Chamber of Commerce’s Bid Bash, the Duncan Noon Lions Club Rodeo, Stephens County Historical Society and Museum, Hannah’s Hearts and even a mission team from Bethel Church.
Each of the groups held events to raise money to benefit community projects, from feeding children, to keeping doors open on public-visited facilities.
Laurie Baldwin, events coordinator for Duncan Chamber said the annual Bid Bash generated $10,650, which will be split between Food 4 Kids and the Chamber facility.
Baldwin had hoped to reach the $11,000 mark, so she was pleased with the amount. The Food 4 Kids program, also known as the backpack project, provides easy-to-open snack and food items that school age children can take home each weekend from school.
Many times, it’s the only thing the children eat all weekend.
Another children aimed effort is the annual Duncan Noon Lions Club Rodeo.
Mike Davis, with the club, said figures won’t be available for at least a month, as sponsors are still sending in their donations.
The rodeo is the only fundraiser the club sponsors and it benefits eye exams and eyeglasses for area children.
J’Nell Ash, with the Founder’s Day 5K/1 mile run said they also are waiting on final figures to be tabulated.
This was the third year for the event, which benefits Bethel Church Missions Team of Duncan, and the National MS Society.
Proceeds will largely go back into the church mission team, which is sending area residents to the Dominican Republic to work with Servant’s Heart, which feeds hundreds of children each week.
The team also will be working on building projects at the Duncan church.
Each Founder’s Day, the Stephens County Historical Society and Museum sponsors a historical home tour.
Profits from the tour, which usually includes three homes or buildings, benefit the museum. This year, a profit of $440 was raised.
Fran Boyd, who organizes the home tour and is a past board member with the historical society, was happy with the outcome, but always hopes for a bigger crowd.
“We didn’t have as many visitors as we did last year,” Boyd said. “There was a constant flow of people.”
She said the money goes to the museum, with more than $100 of the tickets sold at Kelsey Avant’s newly renovated building at 10th and Peach Streets.
“One of the things that pleased PeeWee (Cary) the most was one year we were able to buy a copy machine. People come in and want a copy of things he has,” Boyd said. “We’re thrilled when we can pay his salary for one month.”
If someone would like their home to be on the 2013 historical tour, they can contact the museum or Boyd.
Figures for Hannah’s Hearts were not available yet.