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Fundraiser for Davis family doubles predicted amount

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

About 4,500 attended the event at Calsonic that raised $106,000.
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From left, Dru McCormick and Laura McGee sell tickets at the door of the Korley Davis benefit.
(T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
A few weeks ago, friends had hoped to raise $50,000 to help offset the medical expenses incurred by the family of the late Korley Davis. Chili suppers were planned and T-shirts were sold as events to benefit the family of the little girl who passed away earlier this month sprouted up all over the county.

The grand finale came Friday night, Feb. 11, with a benefit dinner and live auction at Calsonic Arena.

"When we started out we set a goal of $50,000," said event organizer Jeffrey McGee, youth minister of Edgemont Baptist Church. "That is what we had hoped to raise (combined with the other events that benefitted the family)."

Before the night began, McGee said 1,600 tickets were sold and more than $25,000 had been donated to the general account in Korley's name. By the end of the night, it was estimated that more than 4,500 came through the arena for the barbecue dinner and live auction.

When all proceeds were tallied (for the Calsonic event combined with what was already in the benefit account) about $106,000 had been raised.

With inflatables, live music, food and an auction, the fun event featured something for everyone, including Holly Adams (pictured with her daughter and the children of Jason and Joy Mince).
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"We were very thrilled just with how many people were there," McGee said. "What we were most impressed with was the generosity of people ... the $300 auction items that people would bid $1,500. People knew what the cause was and were very generous."

Through Friday's fundraiser and others, the Bedford County community rallied in prayer and support of Korley, who was on life support at Vanderbilt awaiting a double lung transplant for a month. The 11-year-old daughter of Donald and Becky Davis of Wheel passed away Feb. 2.

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