A record number of tickets were sold for the 2013 Dining for Diabetes fundraiser held Saturday, Jan. 19. The Pierce City Armory's dining hall again was filled to capacity as 430 diners gathered together for a good cause.
The event, which includes a dinner and auction, also set a new record for fundraising with $28,409.97 collected for diabetes education. This total surpassed last year's mark of $26,135.95.
"Each year it is so very heartwarming to see the kindness and generosity of our community to help those in need," said Nancy Ridgley, Cox Monett Hospital's certified diabetes educator and wellness director, who spearheads Dining for Diabetes each year. "We had extra excitement this year for our 'Go Team' sports theme."
Mizzou Tigers quarterback James Franklin was in attendance to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. He also served as guest speaker and motivated the crowd with an inspirational message about pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
"James lives his life in a way that inspires us all," said Ridgley. "He stays true to his faith and his convictions even while being in the limelight as a Division 1 football quarterback. I enjoyed getting to know James as I know many of our diners did also."
Proceeds from Dining for Diabetes support the diabetes education program at Cox Monett Hospital. The program assists residents in Barry and Lawrence counties with diabetes who do not have the money to pay for education classes to help them manage their diabetes or the medicine they need to control it.
According to Ridgley, the CDC is predicting that one in three adults could have diabetes by 2050 if trends continue.
"We need to educate those who are at risk for diabetes and help prevent further diagnoses," said Ridgley.
"I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart," added Ridgley. "You are great people."
The 2013 Dining for Diabetes sponsors are listed below by level of giving.
World Series: IDF; Bill and Shirley Hamilton; Cox Monett Auxiliary; and EFCO, a Pella Company.
Super Bowl: Ralph and Mary K. Scott; Kevin, Toni and Tallie Williams; Industrial Machine and Engineering; Monett Lions Club; WinTech; Jack Henry and Associates; John and Melissa Beckwith; First State Bank; Old Town Health Mart and Sater Health Mart Pharmacy; Fasco; and Little Caesar's, Geoff Clotfelter.
NBA Finals: Countryside Care Center; VisionHealth Eye Center; US Bank; Laminated Panel Systems, Nora Young; Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri; Meek's; Commerce Bank; Architectural Systems, Inc.; United Missouri Bank; Dr. Stephen Stidham, DDS; Keith and Brenda McCracken, Century 21 Properties Unlimited; Dr. Danny Nestleroad and Dr. Jerry Roberts, VisionSource; Community National Bank; R.M. Industries; The Monett Times, Lisa and Mike Schlichtman; 3D Corporate Solutions; Hawthorn Bank; Bruner Pharmacy; Michael and Marty Scabarozi; and Heritage Medical Clinic.
Guests enjoyed a barbecue chicken dinner catered by Raine Holly and the Cox Monett food service staff and Big Baldy's Barbecue. Micah and Caleb Miller and Chris Dunaway provided music for the evening.
Pictures from Dining for Diabetes appear on page 12 of today's paper and online at www.monett-times.com.