Parents and children enjoyed a day in Lewisburg's Rock Creek Park on Saturday during the Cops for Kids day of fun and fundraising for police officers' annual Christmas shopping spree.
"We're up to about $9,500," Police Capt. Rebekah Mitchell said Monday afternoon. "We had some donations come in Sunday and Monday. We spend $15,000, but I like to make $10,000 from this event.
"I'm extremely pleased with the turnout," Mitchell continued. "We had 300 meals ready and we ran out of food, but that's a good problem to have. We'll fix it for next year."
"The turnout this year seemed to be more than last year," agreed Joyce Lee, who attended to bid on memorabilia. "The pavilion was full of people taking part in the live and silent auctions.
"A Les Paul electric guitar autographed by Carrie Underwood sold for $1,700...." she said.
Lee bid against Police Chief Chuck Forbis for a denim jacket autographed by country music superstars Brooks & Dunn.
"'Make it $75, and it's yours,'" Lee quoted Forbis as saying. Lee's husband, Gary, got a special jacket. "He loves it. It's his jacket."
"The kids had a ball," said Dana Terry. "It was our first year. They really enjoyed it."
Her son, Logan, 5, plays T-ball on a team coached by Police Officer John Christmas, who told Logan about Cops for Kids on Saturday, and so Dana and her husband, Jonathan, took Logan, 5; Luke, 10; and the boys' sister, Morgan, 12, to the park.
Luke lost his right arm as a result of an E. coli infection when he was 19 months old, according to his grandmother, Freda Terry.
Obviously, it's not held him back, since he climbed the rock wall.
Logan enjoyed climbing up an inflated climbing wall and sliding down the other side.
The Lees' daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Scott MacLaughlin, bid $220 for two nights at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, where the room would normally cost more than $600, Lee said.
Meanwhile, Lee reports that Danny Hollingsworth of Lewisburg purchased a 46-inch flatscreen TV. He, like the Lees, is a returning customer for the deals. Last year Danny lost a bidding war to Joyce for a cello-shaped wine rack with a Charlie Daniels' theme.