Raffle Raises $8,000 For Summer Lunches

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"Thank you all," said Pam Dawson, organizer of the Summer Lunch Program in Hillsboro. "I know you put a lot of hours into this."

Dawson accepted a check for $8,000 on Monday afternoon, Aug. 19, from the family of the late Dana Shea Hodges-Denny, who passed away April 8, 2016. Proceeds were raised at a quilt raffle this summer, with a goal of $6,000.

The beautiful quilt was pieced together by Hodges-Denny's aunt, Karyl Frailey, who wanted to help because this year would have marked her niece's 40th birthday. The piece was then quilted by Micki Chappelear of Hillsboro, who has donated the raffle item for the past two years. The lucky winner of this year's quilt raffle was Bill Schweizer.

"We're so blessed to have this community," said Hodges-Denny's mother, Kim Blackburn, explaining how passersby would not only purchase raffle tickets, but they would also simply donate funds.

This marks the third year the family has held a summer quilt raffle to raise money for the Summer Lunch Program. Since the program just operates through the week, the money donated by Hodges-Denny's family is used to supply food for backpacks that children take home on the weekends. Proceeds have also allowed for transportation to retrieve children from the Irving and Witt areas twice this year.

"We said use it for whatever is needed because that's what Dana would have wanted," said Blackburn.

Local businesses who helped support this year's quilt raffle include Quality Flooring of Litchfield, Bill Murray, Corner Pub of Witt, The Korner Store, Fast Flo, John's Pharmacy and Moonlight Y.

Family members sold quilt raffle tickets at this year's Old Tyme Tractor Show, Old Settlers Sew and Show Quilt Guild and Wolf Pack Car Show, Dollar General in Hillsboro, Casey's General Store in Coffeen and Courthouse Pub in Hillsboro.

"I'm overwhelmed from just the huge support from not only Hillsboro, but the surrounding communities," said Blackburn.

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