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People Loving People auction, dinner raises funds for free Thanksgiving feast

September 2nd, 2013 8:11 pm by Jeff Bobo

People Loving People auction, dinner raises funds for free Thanksgiving feast

ROGERSVILLE — Organizers say an auction and charity dinner held last week to benefit Rogersville’s annual free Thanksgiving dinner was a huge success.

Dr. Blaine Jones, who founded the People Loving People (PLP) organization which puts on the free dinner, said the final dollar amount hasn’t been tallied, but it was several thousand dollars and will pay for many Thanksgiving dinners.

The Third Annual PLP Auction was held Saturday at the Joseph Rogers Primary School in Rogersville.

“As always, many bidders walked with the ‘steal of the day’ as some very nice items sold at prices way under their value,” Jones said. “The biggest item of the day was a brand new riding lawn mower from Hawkins Farmers Co-op. Many other items sold well including a grandfather clock; a GMC tailgate bench seat with piston legs made by Tennessee Technology welding students; and much more.” 

Jones added, “The barbecue dinner was also a hit. The Sullivan family and their friends worked very hard obtaining donations of all types of items for bid and for door prizes as well. Auctioneer Gordell Ely made the day a fun and exciting one throughout the bidding.” 

The Auction, Low Country Boil and the Barbecue dinner raised several thousand dollars which will go a long way to pay for dinners on Thanksgiving Day. 

Approximately 180 items were put up for bid and all were donated by local artists, woodworkers, businesses and individuals. 

“We would just like to thank the Sullivan family and their friends for taking on this responsibility to raise money for our Thanksgiving Dinner,” said PLP organizer Mark DeWitte. “The money raised will help us out tremendously as we prepare another free Thanksgiving meal. We served over 2,500 folks last year and anticipate much the same in 2013.” 

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the People Loving People Thanksgiving Dinner may do so by sending their donation to P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, TN 37857.

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