Benton Blue Community Christmas Brings Cheer For Law Enforcement

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Benton County residents Donna Goodwin and Millie Prichard found out how little law enforcement officers earn while risking their lives for us when they saw a help-wanted ad for a police officer starting at $14 an hour. They decided that the Benton Blue Community Christmas fundraiser this year would be used to provide support and Christmas to all 30 Benton County law enforcement officers. They include all Benton County Deputies, and Police Officers from Warsaw, Lincoln and Cole Camp.
The Benton Blue Community Christmas fundraiser will take place November 14, starting at 1 PM at Truman Lake Marine, located at 23963 Hwy 65, in Warsaw. There will be a Benefit Lunch, Bake Sale, Live Auction, Raffles, Silent Auction, and an Ugly Sweater Contest. Lunch is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 years and under. The meal includes homemade pasta with breadsticks, salad and dessert bar. There will also be a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus for the kids. A photographer, Melissa, will take and print photos for purchase at the event.
“I am so pleased how the community is coming together,” said Goodwin. “It brings tears to my eyes all the overwhelming support and heart people have in this community. Truman Lake Marine is letting us use their building for an auction and Living Water Church will provide tables and chairs.  A quilt and gun are being donated for a raffle. We have so many sponsors and are compiling our list as we speak. ”
Gift certificates and merchandize such as fresh flowers, gift baskets, dishes, baked goods, art and jewelry are being donated by local businesses for the auctions. Sponsorships are offered as follow: $100 gets your business listed on the event banner, $150 gets your LOGO on the event banner as well as on the limited-edition T-shirts just for this occasion. 
“Our group’s ability to continue to operate is due in large part to the generous support of individual donors who believe in our mission, as well as gifts from businesses and corporations,” said Prichard.
For more information, the public may contact Millie Prichard at 660-723-4651; Mariah Brueggeman at 314-488-788; Carrie Rieman at 417-719-2538; or email Benton