Crusade auction wraps up with more than $60,000 raised; Lewis top fund-raiser for baggers

The Dickson County Chapter of the American Cancer Society concluded its 56th annual Crusade Auction Wednesday with more than $60,000 raised for research, education and patient services. The annual fund-raiser consisted of 27 hour-long auctions broadcast on WDKN and The One FM during the month of April. While final pre-expense calculations are incomplete, crusade organizers said the auction had already surpassed $61,000 raised heading into the final days. In addition to the auction, the annual Celebrity Baggers on Good Friday beat its total raised from last year by over $150. Celebrity Baggers coordinator Cody LeMaster reports that $1,578.07 was raised by over 30 local volunteers who bagged groceries at the Kroger store on Henslee Drive. That is an increase of $178.07 over the 2013 total, according to LeMaster. Dickson Public Works Director Jeff Lewis, who is running for Register of Deeds, was the top fund-raiser, according to LeMaster. Coming in second was Circuit Court Clerk Pam Myatt, followed by General Sessions Court Clerk Barbara Spann. The mother-daughter team of Rep. Mary Littleton and Creek Wood teacher Liz Littleton was four and Jerry Smith, candidate for Circuit Court judge, came in fifth. Rounding out the top 10 fund-raisers were General Sessions Court judge candidate Joe Hall, Trustee Glynda Pendergrass, Chesney Russell of TriStar Bank, Circuit Court judge candidate Steve Powers and the team of Whitney Deaton and Athena Proctor from First Federal Bank. The Dickson County Chapter will announce the top fund-raisers and present volunteer awards for the annual crusade auction at an upcoming banquet. The chapter will continue its fund-raising efforts with the 12th annual Relay for Life coming up June 6 in Dickson County Stadium.