The Good Samaritan Auction and Dinner is today, Wednesday, May 2.
The annual event is to benefit senior citizens who have outlived their resources at Fort Scott Presbyterian Village.
Chicken Mary’s dinners are served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. along with homemade desserts and the auction begins at 5:00.
“We started this specific fundraising event in 2003 doing an auction and dinner, however, we have had a Good Samaritan fund ever since the first Presbyterian Manor opened,” Ginger Nance, executive director of the local assisted living facility, said. “Each year our fundraising event gains momentum as people learn more about the mission of our organization and how the funds are used. Every dollar raised is used to help seniors who have a financial need to pay for the care that they need if they should outlive their resources, through no fault of their own. All money stays local in Fort Scott. We have never asked someone to move out due to lack of resources. This is a commitment we make to people when they move in.”
All money donated to the Good Samaritan program is tax-deductible.
The Presbyterian Village is a not-for-profit, Christian mission organization.
Nance is asking the community to get involved.
“An event of this caliber cannot happen without the help of hundreds of volunteers who donate their time, talents and resources,” Nance said. “Our community understands that a program like this is only sustainable through the commitment of supporters… who reach out to help. One never knows when it might be them who needs the help in return one day. ”
This year there will be a drawing to win a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Drawing tickets are $5 each or three for $10. One need not be present to enter this drawing.
“The donor of the trip is a local person who has supported the mission of the Village for many years,” Nance said. ” He and many others have seen firsthand the benefits that the Village can provide family members in their time of need.”
The auction, at 5 p.m. May 2, is a large one.
“We have many super great items for the auction,” Nance said. ” We have started lining things up but we are a long way from done.”
Pictured are a few of the auction items:
Items are still being accepted for the auction.
“If people have things they are no longer using, or simply don’t need, we’d love to have them donated to the auction,” Nance said. “Sometimes people have a boat just sitting around that they haven’t used, maybe a motorcycle, a vehicle, a piece of furniture, golf cart, tractors, you name it, we can use it! We can provide a receipt to the donor and it is a tax-deductible contribution for them. Everyone wins in this situation. The person who donates their items, the person who buys a nice item they would love to own, and the seniors who benefit from this awesome fund.”
“More than anything, I hope people can understand that each person can make a positive difference in the lives of seniors in need Nance said. ” Every meal sold, every item donated, every ticket purchased, every item bought at the auction, every smile and word of encouragement means the world. Come out and see what a great time it is!”