More than 400 people attended the 18th annual “Justice Is Served” event at the Complex in Bonham. Very early estimates are that the event raised at least $65,000 for the Fannin County Children’s Center.
The event theme was “Dancing Through the Decades, Celebrating Three Decades of Serving Children.” Guests dressed in attire from previous decades and included tie dye shirts, poodle skirts, disco outfits, flapper dresses and neon outfits from the 80’s. Guests bid on items in a large silent auction while a DJ played dancing hits from previous decades. Guests also had fun taking turns at the SMP Party photo booth sponsored by Fannin Bank. Several local officials in the justice field served up the buffet style dinner.
Five of the honorable servers were recognized for having been servers at 15 or more of the events over the years. They included 336th District Judge Lauri Blake, Fannin County Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser, Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson, Justice of the Peace Kenneth Karl and District Clerk Nancy Young.
Ten sponsors who have generously supported the event for 15 or more years were also recognized at the event. They included DuAnne Bragg, Ray and Gloria Campbell, Clayton Homes, Cole Title Company, Fannin Bank, First United Bank (formerly American Bank of Texas), Glaser Family Charitable Foundation, Bobby and Karen McCraw, TXB and McCraw Oil and Propane and Voluntary Purchasing Group (VPG).
The highest winning bid of the night was $3,000 for a Getaway trip to Broken Bow donated by Sunshine Dental. Turtle brownies made by 336th District Judge Lauri Blake set a new record, selling for $2,200.
First United Bank was the presenting Diamond Sponsor of the event. Platinum sponsors included TXB, McCraw Oil and Propane, B&B Service Center/Driver’s Choice, Renlita Custom Opening Solutions, Bonham Chrysler, Pampered Paws in memory of Gaston Bordelon, and Kevin and Hailey Mayberry.
Funds raised from the event will provide counseling, advocacy, forensic interviews and more to help children from hard places heal, grow and thrive. To learn more about the Children’s Center, including volunteer opportunities, go to www.fanninccc.org.