Friends and neighbors from the Imboden area began dropping off donations at the Bill McCurley Gym early Saturday in preparation for the benefit auction held for George Stallings.

The event started with a prayer by Bob McMillon of the Imboden United Methodist Church followed by several music acts including the Murphy Bluegrass Boys of Imboden followed by the auction.

Hamburgers and Hot Dogs were served to all in attendance prepared by Pig-N-Out bbq of Imboden. Booths were set up for facepainting, a cake walk, bake sale, and drawing for donated items . More Donations lined the bleachers from businesses and local individuals. Items ranged from a chainsaw to paintings to a 42″ Sanyo flat screen tv ready to be auctioned off.

Margaret Stallings attended with her children and grandchildren.
Also in attendance was State Representative James Ratliff, Judge Dale Freeman, Sloan Hendrix Supt. Mitch Walton, Auctioneer Jerry Ray Foley, Mayor Gene Dearen and several members of the Imboden City Council and Imboden Volunteer Fire Department. The crowd was in the hundreds and the parking lot was full for this wonderful event.

Event Organizer Peggy Sharp will release the actual totals from the fund raiser Monday. As of tonight she reported around $20,000 was raised and an estimation of near 500 people attended.

We would like to thank all who donated and were present at the benefit. Special Thanks to go out to Judy Henderson of S&H Quick Stop, Greenway Equipment, M&M Sales, Imboden Feed and Supply, Citizens Bank, Spring River LP, Jesse and Bridget Carter, Pig N Out, Pepsi, Sloan Hendrix Schools, Peggy, Buck and Nancy Sharp and so many more.

It’s at times like this that we realize what wonderful of a town we live in! Our community can do great things when we work together and support each other. The Stalling family is well loved and we think that was very evident tonight. Get Well Soon George, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!!!!