Boettcher Wins Top Prize at Annual Fundraiser
Craig Boettcher took home the top prize in the annual Lexington Volunteer Fire Department/Lions Club fundraiser last Saturday night. Boettcher held on to his seat, as other members of his family and friends were methodically removed from contention by drawing.
The fundraiser was attended by approximately 400 supporters of the event. This was the 28th annual fundraiser for the two local service groups.
Boettcher, his dad Dennis, Phyllis Rodgers, Jimmy Hooper, Gerome Hess, Elaine Quinney, Ashlyn Boettcher representing EAB&C Enterprises, Elizabeth Boettcher representing Finnie Mullins, L.D. Levy, and Phillip Brown went on stage. They were the last nine left in the tumbler and a $20 redraw ticket by Brown. The Mullins ticket was the first drawn after turning down $800. Jimmy Hooper was next to be drawn receiving a small cooler instead of the $900 offered. L.D. Levy also turned down $900 and received a cap for his prize. The EAB&C ticket was drawn next after declining the same $900 offer by Monroe Schneider. Hess followed with a decline of $1,000 for a cap. Dennis Boettcher followed with a decline of $1,000 and received a second thermal fork for his night. Phillip Brown turned down $1,250 and received a $250 prize. Phyllis Rodgers turned down $2,750 , but still won $500.
That left Quinney and Craig Boettcher on stage. Keith Bexley then auctioned the remaining LVFD/Lions Club ticket to Mike Nance for $3,750. That put three on stage. Elaine Quinney was offered $3,500, which she declined and received $750. Bexley then auctioned an offer of $4,000 that both Boettcher and Nance declined. Boettcher commented to Nance he would take $5,000 for his seat that Nance refused to pay. The ticket was drawn with Nance winning a $3,000 prize and leaving Boettcher’s ticket the only one left in the tumbler.
In secondary raffles, three guns, a spa treatment, and a beautiful Soto vase were awarded as prizes. Phillip and Lynette Brown were the winners of the vase. Next to be raffled was a .22 caliber rifle that went to Fritz Connally, Sr. Jennifer Walch won the Day Spa treatment. The shotgun was won by Madeline Stifflemire. The .308 rifle, that was purchased by the LVFD from Graham Brown for the event, was won by Linda Brown, Graham’s wife.
Graham Brown donated a .22 caliber Cattle Drive rifle that had a beautifully carved cattle drive on the wooden part of the rifle. Tim Brown payed $800 for the right to carry that prize home.
Those attending enjoyed a great meal. The meat was cooked by the LVFD. The pork meat was donated by Round Top Bank, KRL Construction, and Woodson’s Lumber Company. The seasoning for the BBQ was donated by Jake’s BBQ of Dime Box. The sides were prepared by Mrs. Erna Patschke’s crew of daughters, Linda and Helen, and Sharon Schimank. The décor was patriotic and was prepared by the Lions Club. The hall was full of red, white, and blue.
Tim Kleinschmidt led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and pastor Leif Hasskarl gave the invocation. Kathy Bricker met patrons at the door with a gift and officially checked them into the raffle. She was aided by Shannon Arentz and Nancy Organ.
This event is the primary fundraiser for the two organizations and the money is used for VFD training to better protect the community. The Lions Club uses a lot of the money for scholarships for Lexington students and to make donations for the Park Building upkeep.
According to Mickey Milburn, treasurer for the event, the two clubs can expect to share approximately $22,000 from the night’s activities. This is an estimate, since all bills are not in and some funds are still forthcoming.