The Pierce City Senior Center's 84-seat dining room was filled to capacity and a second room opened up to accommodate the overflow. Several attendees took their meals to go.
Volunteers cooked 185 pounds of chicken, and gallons of green beans, corn, a variety of salads, sides, rolls and desserts.
The event netted $1,754, which will be used to offset the costs of constructing the memorial in front of the Pierce City middle school and high school offices.
According to Bryce and Julie Garner, the parents of Jenny, the memorial will contain a seating area for reflection and a decorative tree.
"I feel confident, with donations of money and labor, we can bring the project in under the projected costs estimated by the contractors," said Bryce. "They based their estimation on prevailing wage."
The Garners hope the memorial will be used to commemorate other Pierce City students unable to graduate with their class.
"I never realized how many students don't make it until I looked at the memorial pages in Jenny's yearbooks," Bryce continued. "We are hoping to complete the project by graduation."