Coronavirus may have caused the cancellation of the Youth Club Charity Ball this year, but generous people and sponsors have raised more than $55,000 so far despite the disappointment.
Despite the circumstances, the online auction raised $10,895 for the Youth Club; the sponsorships raised another $40,750 and Barb Daniels won the Taste of Du Quoin raffle which raised $4,180.
Tickets for gun, bow and handgun prizes, sponsored by Jones Sporting Goods, are still on sale. Online bidding is continuing for other items over the next couple of weeks. On Facebook, "like" the Du Quoin Youth Club Charity Ball and Auction page to keep up to date.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the first online auction for the Youth Club. The committee and volunteers worked together, and we appreciate everyone who posted and shared our plans to help make the auction successful.
Thank you to Sunny 97.1 for letting us broadcast our auction over the radio and helping us get the word out about our alternative plans. Thanks to everyone who donated an item or gift certificate. Thank you to the Weekly-Press newspaper for covering our auction. Thank you to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds for letting us keep what we had set up in order to have the auction. Thank you to Nathan Armstrong-618Pro for his services.
Thank you to everyone who gave a donation or bought an auction item. Thank you for supporting the Youth Club and the children of Du Quoin.
Last but not least, thank you to our sponsors, they give without question, knowing the importance of the Youth Club programs. Please tell these businesses and individuals thank you when you see them or patronize their businesses.
Presenting sponsor: Bryan and Patti Ingram.
Special event sponsor: Ruth Mathis and Family.
Platinum sponsors: Bigham, Tanner & Foster; Charlie Kuhnert-Attorney at Law; Du Quoin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Du Quoin State Bank; Fairview Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center; Fenton's Custom & Collision; Knight Hawk Coal, LLC; Linzee Insurance Agency, Inc.; Marshall Browning Hospital; Mike and Dixie Travelstead; Modern Woodmen of America-Nathan Shupe; Monte Kuhnert, managing director of investments, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC; NeuroRestorative of Carbondale; NewWave Communications; Thrive Dispensaries of Anna and Harrisburg; Walmart Supercenter in Du Quoin.
Gold sponsors: Aisin Light Metals; Banterra Bank; Beta Pi Sorority; CreativeScapes-Dane Mason; Durham School Bus Services; Eclipse Insurance Agency, LLC; First National Bank of Pinckneyville; Pepsi MidAmerica; Perry County Counseling Center; Searby Funeral Home.
Silver sponsors: Andrew Darnell-Edward Jones Investments; Belt Tech Industrial, Inc.; Chip Banks Chevrolet; CRHPC-Du Quoin Community Health Center; Du Quoin Eyecare; Du Quoin Insurance Agency, Inc.; Du Quoin Lions Club; Fare Foods; Isaac E. Davison, DDS, LTD; Judge Judy Cates; Mark & Mary Martin, MediCenter Pharmacy; M & M Insurance; Nascote Industries, Inc.; Poshard Foundation; state Rep. Nathan Reitz; R & S Automotive; Rolando's-George & Lynne Harris; State Farm Insurance Agent Beth Thompson, Du Quoin; State Farm Insurance Agent Bill Kemme, Pinckneyville; State Rep. Terri Bryant; Taylor Brothers Welding Service, Inc.; Volunteer Foundation.
In-kind: Du Quoin Call; Emling & Hoffman PC; Koerner & Sons; Marks' Bakery; McGriff/Juenger Auction Service; Name Brand Creations; Perry County Marketplace; Sunny 97.1; St. Nicholas Brewing Company; The Weekly-Press Newspaper.