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Amazing response to help Simmons

Amazing response to help Simmons

September 10th, 2017 in Local News

There was a huge turnout for the Lions Club community support dinner for Vicky Simmons and her family Aug. 27, 2017 in Prairie Home. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Prairie Home school district got together to help out a community member and her family, as well as eating some good food Aug. 27.

The Lions Club set up this community support event for Vicky Simmons and her family to help with recent medical expenses.

The event was hosted at Prairie Home School's gym from 11 a.m-1:30 p.m. The Lions Club brought the meal, that had items such as ham, beans, cornbread and hot dogs, while desserts were provided by local Lutheran churches.

For those who attended the meal, it was all-you-can-eat, after giving a free-will donation. There was also a silent action, organized by Clarks Fork Mutual Insurance employees and board members.

Dennis Schilb, the vice president of the Lions Club, said they worked hard the weeks before the event to get everything set up.

Schilb said that the event raised a large amount of money.

"It was the biggest one-day fundraiser that the Prairie Home Lions Club has ever had," Schilb said. "It was unbelievable, the amount of donations."

More than 400 people came to the event.

Schilb would like to thank all the people who came and donated, as well as Patty Dick and the local churches, who gave the desserts to the fundraiser. Schilb would also like to thank Herbie Twenter, from Clarks Fork Mutual Insurance, for helping set up the silent auction. Finally, Schilb would like to thank Prairie Home School for their help with the event.

In the past, the Lions Club has created fundraisers to help community members who have fallen on tough times, such as houses that had been burned down. The club has also had fundraisers to help the local school.

The large amount of people coming to this fundraiser was amazing to see, he said.

"Unbelievable, about put a tear in your eyes," Schilb said. "It made you pretty proud of your town."