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February 5, 2014

Sunday auction to benefit Stonewall health clinic

Stonewall — The town of Stonewall is having a fundraiser this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to support paying the remaining construction costs associated with the rehabilitation of their historic old bank building and opening the first medical clinic the community has had in more than 60 years, city administrator Dennis Heath said.

“This fundraiser is intended to make up what we estimate to be a $15,000 shortfall on the final completion of the clinic,” Heath said. “It’s done. The clinic is up and operational, but the amount of money we had on hand was about that much short, which, in the grand scheme when you’re talking about a million-dollar project, a $15,000 shortfall is not too shabby.”

Heath said Stonewall Schools is serving as host for the event that includes an all-you-can-eat spaghetti lunch, along with the traditional salad, bread, dessert, and drink.

“The event will also include an auction of items, including a Chevrolet Malibu, a 13.5 kilowatt generator, the historic 100-year-old jail cells from the original city hall, autographed book/photo sets from Olympic gold-medal winning gymnasts Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci, and various other items of general interest,” Heath said.

Heath said the town is hopeful that the event will draw wide interest, not just for the great food, but for the historic significance of participating in the restoration of the old bank building.

“We’ve already had significant contributions toward this project from our District 3 county commissioner Justin Roberts and from the First American Bank in Stonewall, whose chairman is Jack Blair,” Heath said. “The bank made a cash contribution of $25,000 and District 3 performed demolition and construction work valued at over $28,000.

Additionally, the bank helped with funding specialized demolition work valued at about $5,000.”

Heath added that he’s optimistic that with the help of the larger community, the nearly $15 thousand goal will be easily met.

The event will be held at the old Stonewall School gymnasium.

Tickets are available at Stonewall City Hall, public works office, or any Stonewall student council member.

Heath said for tickets or to donate auction items, those interested can phone the city hall at 580-265-4511.

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