Bank of Gravett to hold hur­ri­cane-re­lief fundraiser

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - By Su­san Hol­land shol­

GRAVETTE — The Bank of Gravett is hold­ing a hur­ri­cane re­lief fundraiser this Fri­day, Sept. 29. The event, fea­tur­ing a bake sale and silent auc­tion, will be held in the front lobby of the bank. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ham­burger din­ners will also be avail­able for $5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do­na­tions are be­ing sought and the com­mu­nity is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate, ei­ther by do­nat­ing cash, silent auc­tion items, or bak­ing items for the bake sale, ac­cord­ing to Deb­bie Strick­land, vice-pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing. Peo­ple can also con­trib­ute by just com­ing and pur­chas­ing baked goods and silent auc­tion items.

Any­one with items to do­nate should con­tact Sandy John­son, 479-787-5251. The bank is lo­cated at 211 Main Street S.E. in Gravette.

“We look for­ward to see­ing you there,” said Strick­land.

“We’re a com­mu­nity bank and our em­ploy­ees gen­uinely en­joy ‘giv­ing back’ and help­ing those in need, whether lo­cally or across the na­tion when there’s a need. We in­vite our com­mu­nity to part­ner with us in pro­vid­ing monies needed to re­store so many Texas/ Flor­ida com­mu­ni­ties that were af­fected by the hur­ri­canes,” said Shar­ron Ed­mond­son, Bank of Gravett pres­i­dent.

“We’re re­ceiv­ing do­na­tions from lo­cal north­west Ar­kan­sas busi­nesses and ven­dors for our Silent Auc­tion. So far, items in­clude var­i­ous gift cer­tifi­cates to restau­rants, oil changes, show tick­ets, Ra­zor­back tum­blers, Ge­n­e­sis pure prod­ucts, and jew­elry — just to name a few. We’ll also have lots of baked goods to choose from, and we are al­ways happy to just re­ceive mon­e­tary do­na­tions — af­ter all, we’re a bank!” said Sandy John­son, Bank of Gravett em­ployee and event co­or­di­na­tor.

All pro­ceeds will flow through Sheep Dog Im­pact As­sis­tance in Rogers to get funds to those ar­eas in need. Funds will be used to help vic­tims of Hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Irma in Texas and in Flor­ida. SDIA is a na­tional non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion made up of men and women from our na­tion’s mil­i­tary, law en­force­ment, fire and res­cue, and EMS pro­fes­sions — so­ci­ety’s pro­tec­tors or sheep­dogs. The or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides con­tin­ued ser­vice op­por­tu­ni­ties through three pro­grams: Disas­ter Re­sponse Mis­sion, Out­door Ad­ven­tures, and Hol­i­day As­sis­tance. These ser­vice op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vide mem­bers with the phys­i­cal chal­lenges, ca­ma­raderie and a re­newed sense of pur­pose that’s of­ten miss­ing af­ter a shift or tour of duty ends. Head­quar­tered out of Rogers, SDIA cur­rently has 23 chap­ters and teams in 17 states with more than 5,000 mem­bers, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers na­tion­wide.

“We’re proud to part­ner with such an up­stand­ing vol­un­teer-run or­ga­ni­za­tion as Sheep Dog Im­pact As­sis­tance. They’ve al­ready sent two teams to as­sist hur­ri­cane vic­tims and are plan­ning a third wave of as­sis­tance in the near fu­ture, which is when the pro­ceeds from our event will be used,” Strick­land said.

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