The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District junior firefighters raised $5,023 for Tim Moore, of Golden, who is currently battling cancer, through a special fundraiser that was held on Feb. 17.
"This effort started before Christmas and continued," said Donna Lunsford, who helped the junior firefighters organize the fundraising event. "This shows great perseverance on our kids' part. The kids were the ones that made this happen. We just supported them."
The fundraiser event included musical entertainment by the Eagle Rock Pickers, a pie auction hosted by Donnie Stumpff, drawings for prizes and a chili cook-off.
There were around 10 entries in the chili cook-off event. Sue Munson placed first and Merwin Reed placed second in the cook-off, which was judged by representatives of Mitchell's LTD, The Lake Stop, The Rib and the Eagle Rock Station.
Kay Hase's lemon meringue pie placed first in the pie competition. Over 20 pies were auctioned off throughout the fundraising event.
"When the people in our community need something, our citizens down here pull together and support each other," said Lunsford. "Without all the support, this event wouldn't have turned out at all. The people really reached deep into their pockets."
The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District junior firefighters spent weeks preparing for the fundraising event by collecting donations from area individuals and businesses.
"The juniors showed up early in the morning and worked until late in the afternoon," said Lunsford. "They really, really worked hard to make this possible."
The junior firefighters met Moore while they were distributing gifts to children in the pediatric ward at Cox South Hospital in Springfield last December.
"We were trying to find something to do for our community," said David Lunsford, junior firefighter chief. "We decided to raise money for gifts for the kids in the hospital. When we met Tim, we decided to go one step further to help him and his family."
"Tim wants to be a firefighter or emergency medical technician someday," said Cody Pierson, junior firefighter assistant chief. "I want to help him reach the goal, so he is able to serve his community someday."
The funds raised through the Eagle Rock chili cook-off event will be used to help pay Moore's medical expenses. This weekend, Moore travelled to Memphis, Tenn., for additional cancer treatments.
Donations can be made to the Moore family through the Tim Moore Cure Fund, which has been established at First State Banks in Monett and Cassville.
Several area businesses donated items, services and funds to the fundraising event. Eagle Rock sponsors included: the Office Pub, L & L, Eagle Rock Family Hair Care, The Raspberry Station, The Lake Stop, the Golden Eagle Cafe, the Eagle Rock Lutheran Church and Express Mart.
Cassville sponsors included: Papa Vito's, the Lazy B Cafe, Sports World, Sho Me Outlet, The Rib and Joyous Embroidery. Other local sponsors were: Battery Outfitters of Golden; Ball and Prier, of Golden; Shumaker Tire, of Golden; Stumpy Burger, of Shell Knob; and Geraldi's, Island Depot, True Value and Fred's, all of Holiday Island, Ark.
In addition, Jerry Moore, Tim's grandfather and guardian, would like to thank McNight Auction, EFCO Corp. and Vons Trucking for donating funds and services to the Moore family.
The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District junior firefighters include: David Lunsford, Cody Pierson, Cole Pierson, Jennifer Lunsford, James Bass, Matt Ritchie, Kenneth Brown, James Lopez, Laura Lopez and Shanaya Jones.
This summer, the junior firefighters are planning several events to raise funds for emergency response equipment. "These kids really need some gear," said Donna Lunsford. "This summer, they are going to try to raise some money for themselves. Before now they have always put others needs before their own."
The junior firefighters welcome donations toward the purchase of the equipment, and hope the community will support the fundraising events they plan to schedule over the summer.