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Auction to benefit Rogersville group's free Thanksgiving dinner

August 14th, 2012 12:56 am by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE -- A group of Hawkins County artists will auction off the fruits of their labor later this month to help raise money for the variety of charitable projects organized each year by the Rogersville-based Christian group, People Loving People (PLP).


The auction will take place at the Joseph Rogers Primary School in Rogersville on Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until all items are sold.


A preview of the items to be auctioned will be open to the public at the school on Friday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.


"Last year was our first year of doing this fund-raising event, and believe me, some folks walked away with some very expensive pieces for a very small amount of money," said event co-organizer Jerry Sullivan. "We are hoping this year that people have heard about how nice everything was and that they will come out to the auction and make a bid on several items."


The auction will break at lunch.


Sullivan will be preparing barbecue sandwiches with pulled pork and homemade sauce at a cost of $7 for sandwich, slaw, beans and a drink.


All proceeds from the auction and the barbecue dinner will benefit the nonprofit PLP organization.


"In a few months we (at PLP) will be feeding quite a few people on Thanksgiving Day," said PLP founder Dr. Blaine Jones. "The majority of, if not all of, the money raised at this event will be used to fund that dinner.


A few of the artists who have donated items for the auction include Lorraine Brewer, Patsy Mauk, Tommy Hepler, Gray Wilson, Keith Bowman and Randy Ball. US Bank and Baldor Electric Co. are also sponsoring the event.


"We encourage everyone to attend and make a bid on these one-of-a-kind items," Jones said. "It is not too early to be planning for Christmas gifts, birthdays, etc. We will have some good food as well, and it all goes to a great cause.


"The major effort each year is the feeding of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to those who would otherwise not have one. In 2011, over 2,400 meals were served."


People Loving People is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization utilizing all-volunteer help for their projects.


Anyone interested in making a donation to PLP can send a check to P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, Tenn. 37857.

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