A fund-raiser held Saturday to help those in the Evergreen area impacted by the September flooding exceeded expectations and was the epitome of the word “community.”
Organizers of the event at the Elks Lodge lost count of the number of people who attended, but they estimate it was between 550 and 700. Some say it might have been the largest function ever held at the Elks Lodge.
While all the donations haven’t been counted, organizer Jim Sherwood says the event raised more than $25,000 from ticket sales, silent and live auction items, and donations that will be given to homeowners and businesses affected by the flooding.
“It was just a wonderful, incredible evening,” Sherwood said. “It exceeded our expectations in every aspect. … We are so pleased with how everything went.”
About 30 people have requested financial aid, and the fund-raiser’s organizers will meet next week to make awards.
Sherwood said he didn’t look at all of the applications, but some said that any financial assistance would be appreciated.
“My goal all along was to keep the (application for aid) form simple, make it easy for everyone including the committee to sit down, look at the forms and hopefully decide that evening,” he said. “We’ll cut the checks and call it a good day.”
The committee includes representatives from the Elks Lodge and Mountain Foothills Rotary, which were co-sponsors of the event, the Mountain Resource Center, the Seniors’ Resource Center and other community organizations.
“I’d really like to thank everyone,” Sherwood said, “including the sponsors and the four bands that performed for free. Everybody was in complete and total awe of the sheer numbers of people there to support the event.
“It was a smashing success for the good of Evergreen.”
Fund-raiser for Cactus Jack's
On Saturday, Nov. 9, Stagecoach Sports Grill, at 30790 Stagecoach Blvd., will host a benefit from 2 to 8 p.m. for the owners and employees at Cactus Jack’s Saloon, which was devastated by the flooding. A $10 donation is suggested. Three bands will perform in the restaurant’s back room.