Dream Catchers dinner raises thousands
The annual Dream Catchers dinner and chili contest raised thousands Saturday night with Clinton County Commissioner Larry King lending a hand.
King, a trained auctioneer, lent his voice and skills to the annual dinner fundraiser as its master of ceremonies to assist Dream Catchers in its mission to provide children with disabilities an opportunity to ride horses.
“[The Kings] have been (supporters) for a very long time. I can’t count how many auctions he’s done for us,” said Dream Catcher Board Member Travis Eldredge, who honored King and his wife Pam with a commemorative piece to thank them for their years of service Saturday night. “He just does it out of the kindness of his heart. He’s a great auctioneer and his wife was a board member for a long time until she stepped down this year. That is why we honored them tonight, for the volunteer service they’ve given.”
The funds raised Saturday night go toward operation expenses related to the winter activities for Dream Catchers. Eldredge said the funds will provide horses all of the amenities they need as the program takes a hiatus in the winter months and to prolong current operations before the weather becomes too cold for its participants. Dream Catchers is a faith-based organization teaching life-skills to children with disabilities through riding lessons. Along with teaching children the organization also uses horses it rehabilitates for the program.
“We were really blessed with the good turnout. Most people were already planning to come,” Eldredge said. “We’ve always had a good turnout and without the community’s support we wouldn’t be where we’re at … Between the quilt, pie auction and chili contest, God blessed us pretty well.”
Eldrege said the Dream Catchers would not be possible without fundraisers like Saturday night’s dinner and chili contest. He thanked those that attended, especially for their generosity with the quilt alone bringing in $350 while attendees didn’t mind shelling out money far above market value for homemade desserts.
“Hamilton Quilts go for quite a bit now. As a matter a fact, that quilt came from a lady who works in Turney through the historic society,” Eldrege said. “She made it for us and donated it to us … When it comes down to a $5 pie you can get at the store, as opposed to a homemade pie you got for $40 here, it tells you where people’s hearts stand with the program. They really believe in our cause and our mission. It’s wonderful to see that.”