The 16th annual Justice Is Served was different in many ways due to the pandemic. “One thing that was not different was the generosity of this community,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Fannin County Children’s Center. “Fannin County turned out BIG for kids from hard places. Once again, we are grateful and so encouraged by such an awesome show of support.”
Early estimates are that the event raised at least $60,000 to sustain the services provided by the Children’s Center, including CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center. By comparison, it was the third best year ever. This event raised $66,000 to $67,000 in each of the last two years.
This year’s event was a 3-day virtual event and the leaders of the nonprofit were not sure what to expect. The first day of the event was the baked goods auction which raised a record breaking $4,475. The rest of the items traditionally in the silent auction were in an on-line auction that lasted two days.
On the third day of the event, there was a live stream starting at 7 pm on Saturday night. Board President Steve Collida and Barber acted as hosts for the program. Fannin County Game Warden Randolph McGee was the auctioneer for the evening. A 5-day getaway to Broken Bow donated by Sunshine Dental raised $3,000 in the live auction. The Courage Item donated by the Board of Directors sold for $2,550. This mystery gift turned out to be a trip to the Gaylord Resort with spa and meal packages. A last-minute auction item of a fishing trip on Lake Texoma with the Game Warden brought in the highest bids of the evening of $3,200.
The raffle winner was announced during the live stream. Samantha Farris won the guided fishing trip on Lake Texoma that was donated by Jason Garner Custom Welding.
Before the Saturday night live stream, ten honorable servers delivered dinner to some of the event sponsors. Fannin County Judge Randy Moore, 336th District Judge Lauri Blake, Judge Charles Butler, District Attorney Richard Glaser, Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson, Judge Bob Clemons, Judge Kenneth Karl, District Clerk Nancy Young, Juvenile Probation Chief Brandon Caffee and Adult Probation Chief Corey Baker delivered dinners and desserts prepared by local restaurants.
The Children’s Center also premiered several new videos during the live stream that tell the stories of the services they provide and their dreams for the future. For more about the Children’s Center, go to www.fanninccc.org.