DeSoto County recently showered a worthy cause with funds to help it continue efforts to assist a segment of its community.
At the same time, a number of supporters who came out for the recent Boots and BBQ fundraiser hosted by the Arc Northwest Mississippi enjoyed an entertaining evening that included a live and silent auction, along with other activities and delicious food.
The Arc Northwest Mississippi advocates and provides programming for people with intellectual developmental disabilities.
Executive Director Rebecca Treadway termed the response through the Boots and BBQ event, the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year, “amazing.” Treadway noted at least $20,000, and likely more, were raised by the evening festivities.
“We are so thankful for all of our friends and supporters for their participation in the event,” Treadway said. “We were so pleased with everything and all the people who came contributed to our program being successful in the year to come and we are very thankful.”
The financial support raised from Boots and BBQ backs programs to give special needs people and their families opportunities to function in a supportive, caring atmosphere.
“We sponsor many events throughout the year that help with the personal growth of individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities, from Art to Achieve to Supper Club, Camp BOLD and we also offer programs for our siblings to help them cope in the struggles of daily life,” Treadway said. “We really want the very best for individuals with special needs and we’re so thankful for the support to be a leader in the state of Mississippi in really trying to help our individuals with disabilities.”
Treadway said the Arc Northwest Mississippi was also appreciative of the venue and the food provider.
“We were so pleased to be allowed to hold our event at Bruce Prewitt’s Red Barn, a beautiful new facility west of Hernando,” said Treadway. “First Choice Catering was absolutely amazing. They provided all of the food for the event. John Woods was especially supportive and helpful throughout the whole event. We are very thankful to him.”
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.