By Christine Beeman

For the Love for Colt Fundraising Committee, Christy Beach, Melissa Watson, and Christine Beeman

On the Monday night prior to our Love for Colt Dinner/Dance and Silent Auction event, we had a heart and fishing line tying party. Hearts had been cut out and holes punched in the top so we could tie the fishing line in between two hearts several of which would be placed on the trees. There were probably about 20 people there to help with that so the time went by quickly.

The setup of tables and  decorating, headed by Terry McCotter, occurred on Thursday evening (a lot of people showed up for that). Also on Thursday night, the Food committee, headed by Margaret Harrell, decided how they were going to arrange the serving tables, pasta, bread, salads, and beverages and how they would get people to go through the line to get their food to allow for greater efficiency and ease. Friday morning at 8:30, it was time to decorate some more. A good group showed up for that as well. By Friday lunch time, the decorating was done. The tables were ready for occupancy. The tables were decorated with vases holding trees with floating hearts as centerpieces along with votive candles and the plates, silverware, napkins, red heart shaped doilies, and salt and pepper shakers had been all set out.

About 2 PM Saturday, Gloria and Keith Cowell came with their daughter-in-law, Sam, to set up for the Silent Auction. There was such a nice variety of items available to bid on. Several of Bethany’s members donated items and several won items they had bid on. Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers came in about 3:30 PM to begin set up for the dance portion of the evening. The Craven Consort came in around 4:30 PM to determine where they would set up for their dinnertime music. We extend a special thank you to Roger Bennett for booking the Craven Consort.

Everything seemed to go rather smoothly…wait for it…until…wait for it…the food got there. Famous Subs and Pizza brought our food in many, many trays. One misunderstanding was the way the salads would be brought. They were in trays like we were told, but all of the lettuce had been separated from the other vegetables which was unexpected. Famous had set up their trays so beautifully, but that was not going to be very efficient for food serving. Never fear Famous is here. In no time, they pitched right in and helped to get the salads together with the different types of other vegetables mixed with the lettuce. The food was absolutely delicious.

We had some leftovers, so they were packaged up and brought to the church after the event for refrigeration, then sold for a donation after church on the next day. Those sales gave us $634. Famous even discounted our meal because of the type of fundraiser it was. We are extremely grateful for that since it was the biggest expense of our event. Thank you Famous!!

The Arapahoe Volunteer Fire Department and the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department also came out for the kids. Christine asked Gloria what Colt loved (after all that was our theme…Love for Colt) and she told her all emergency type vehicles, like firetrucks, and people like firemen and cops. So the Sheriff’s office and the Arapahoe Fire Chief were asked if they could come out for the event. They said they would like to do that without any hesitation. We had asked them to come out around 7 PM and stay for about 45 minutes or so.

Prayers were answered and the rain stopped during that time. The weather could not have been much better. When the children found out the firetruck and the deputies’ vehicles were out in the parking lot, they were so excited. The children got inside and on top of the firetruck. Some of the firemen showed them their gear that they wear and use. The Fire Chief brought coloring books, crayons, and firemen’s hats. Also, two deputies from the Sheriff’s office were there to show the children their vehicles and items they use in their daily tasks. It was great; just beautifulto see!

During the event, the children took over the dance floor dancing to the music provided by Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers. Typically they play music for adults to dance to but not many adults ventured out there to dance. The children had a fantastic time, however, and were probably tuckered out by the time they got home.

Results of the Love for Colt Dinner/Dance and Silent Auction Fundraiser:

Gross                    $15,022.75

Expenses               $3,021.00

Net                        $12,001.75

We want to thank Rev. Osgood for being our emcee for the evening and in Christy’s words, “Way to go T O.” There are so many people to thank for all the work that went into making this event so successful. No other names will be mentioned here because if we do we will surely miss someone.

Thank you notes have been sent to the newspapers. They have been more cooperative with this part than with the ads and articles we wanted them to put in the papers prior to the event. Hopefully, you have had a chance to see the County Compass and/or The Pamlico News. Thank you notes have also been written and mailed for those people making donations, whether it was a straight out donation or an over and above the ticket purchase donation.

Thank you to one and all! This was a big undertaking for Bethany, one that we had never done before and one that we will not soon forget. We were blessed by this event and our hope is that we will want to do other community type events in the future.

“Let all that we do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14


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