Area communities come together to make Woodall benefit a major success

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The gymnasium at the Concordia Community Center was packed on Saturday night, Jan. 27, for the benefit dinner and auction to benefit the Woodall family. The benefit has raised over $85,000 thus far and organizers say funds are still coming in.
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The recent dinner and auction benefit for Darrin Woodall and his family was, by all accounts, a huge success. Greg Bushman, one of the event organizers, said the event was “tremendous.”
“We served meals to more than 700 people, and many of those people stayed for the entire event,” Bushman said. “The meal, silent auction, live auction and other fundraising activities for the evening raised nearly $70,000 on Saturday alone.”
Donations prior to the event, and since, have pushed the total received to more than $85,000. The benefit was held to support the Woodall family as Darrin’s continues to undergo cancer treatments.
“Donations continue to come in every day, and we will continue to accept them here at the Thrivent Financial office in Concordia, or they can be taken to Cindy Stuenkel at Concordia Bank.”
Bushman said the Woodall family was very happy with the support, as was the benefit committee. Darrin Woodall said the only word the family could think of was “overwhelmed.”
“There are no words to explain how our family felt Saturday night (Jan. 27),” he said. “The outpouring of love and support from so many people was absolutely overwhelming. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to extend a huge thank you to Greg Bushman and his committee of many volunteers who helped him organize and work the benefit.”
Woodall said the family would also like to thank and recognize the individuals and businesses who gave monetary, food or auction item donations, to the Sweet Springs and Concordia area churches for the donation of desserts, to Glen Larue for his auctioneering service, to Ted Haling and Willie Harlow for acting as emcees, and to the numerous people who attended.
Debbie Woodall, Greg’s wife, said that by the end of the night, it was very clear that it was not just two communities working together to accomplish a task, but many communities coming together for one great cause.
“Numerous people that attended the benefit and live in bigger cities couldn’t stop talking about how impressed they were with how small communities come together to support people in time of need,” she said. “That’s why we are proud to say that Concordia and Sweet Springs are our home towns. We feel so blessed to know that so many people care about Darrin and his family.”
She added that Darrin’s fight still isn’t over.
“Please continue to pray as Darrin’s most recent scans showed some changes in his cancer,” she said. “At this time, the doctor is looking at other treatment options.”

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