August 13, 2015
The Boys and Girls Club of the Blue Ridge soaked Harvest Foundation President Allyson Rothrock at this year’s Smith River Fest to deliver on a fundraising campaign that collected $3,000 for nonprofit organizations in Martinsville and Henry County.
“For this campaign to be the product of an internal joke, I think it turned out to be a complete success,” said Latala Hodges, director of communications and grants administrator at Harvest Foundation. “We are very thankful for our generous board members, staff and community members who participated. Our local nonprofits need all the assistance we as a community can give them, and it’s even better when Super Soaker water guns are involved.”
Rothrock challenged Harvest board members and staff to donate, as well as the general community, to area nonprofit organizations. The highest donor would get the chance to hose down Rothrock at this year’s Smith River Fest, held on Aug. 8 at the Smith River Sports Complex.
The idea came from Harvest board member David Stone who joked that Rothrock should be in a dunking booth at Smith River Fest. Hodges said she brought up the idea of getting shot with a Super Soaker water gun, also joking, but that Rothrock said “let’s go for it.”
“We didn’t have a specific number in mind for this fundraiser, but we are very excited to have received support from our board, staff and community members,” Rothrock said. “I think we can do this again next year and go even bigger. Our nonprofit agencies do a tremendous amount work for the community, and I’m happy to give back while also having a lot of fun.”
The highest donation received was for the Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge. Because the donor asked to remain anonymous, Bethann West James, executive director of the organization, supplied the manpower for Saturday’s event by bringing eight children to soak Rothrock with an array of water guns.
Donors included Dr. James and Susan Muehleck, Ryan and Latala Hodges, Dr. Eugene and Anne Madonia, Kim Harris, Darrin and Jennifer Doss, E. Larry and Elaine Ryder, Virginia Hamlet, Allyson Rothrock, Mike and Ginny Wray, David and Tamara Stone, Billy and Sheryl Agee, W. Christopher and Lynne Beeler and Mark and Georgia Compton. One donor asked to remain anonymous.
The following nonprofits received donations from this campaign: Virginia Piedmont Dental Health Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge, SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County, Martinsville Area Community Foundation, Spencer-Penn Centre, Grace Network, Safetynet Inc., Carlisle School – Diversity Scholarship, Martinsville and Henry County YMCA, United Way of Henry County and Martinsville – Smart Beginnings and Citizens Against Family Violence.
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