By Dustee Sollis
Special for The Hesperian-Beacon
Twenty thousand dollars was raised for the volunteer firefighters of Floydada and Lockney at the Fifth Annual Country Christmas Ball held on December 7th at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center.
Each department will receive a check for $10,000.00 to be used for trucks, bunker gear, or supplies. The 12-piece band of Wendell Sollis and the Sidekicks All Stars hosted the event and entertained the crowd with country, western swing, big band, Cajun and Christmas songs.
To kick off the festivities, a catered meal was served by River Smith’s of Lubbock. Then Ed Marks and the Lockney American Legion posted the flags as the audience honored veterans as part of Pearl Harbor Day.
The crowd of over 500 enjoyed a complimentary coffee bar provided by Jones Cattle Company of Floydada. The crowd enjoyed a silent auction as well as numerous vendors. Tim Assiter was the auctioneer for the live auction and the highlight was a .22 rifle donated by the Lockney firefighters that was auctioned for $1,600. Kenneth Wyatt’s paintings, flags flown over the Texas and US capitals, and hand-painted fiddles were also auctioned.
There were two platinum sponsors this year: Bill Wells Chevrolet of Plainview, Brian Bruce, manager, and Western Equipment of Plainview, Jordan Loeffler, manager. They each contributed greatly to the silent and live auctions, as well as buying reserved tables for their employees.
Cindy Wolfe, of Cindy’s Country Quilt Shop of Plainview, donated a handmade firefighter’s quilt that was raffled. The raffle was won by Donny McLaughlin, fire chief from Lockney. He has been a firefighter for 40 years.
Next year’s Country Christmas Ball will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Save the date for another remarkable event that helps some of the first responders in Floyd County. Call Dustee Sollis at 806-983-6228 to reserve your table!