BY MELANIE BUCK –
A benefit dinner and silent auction was held for Mena native Craig Ferguson on Saturday, October 11 at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Ferguson was diagnosed with kidney failure in April of this year and if all goes as planned, will receive a kidney transplant in early 2015 from his sister, Amy Ledbetter, of Mena.
Over 250 people attended the event in support of the siblings who are still in the testing phase, awaiting the final transplant date to be set. The family is thankful for all of the individuals and businesses who donated to the event and who continue to pray for them.
Ledbetter stated, “We’re just taken aback and very amazed at the turn-out.” Over $10,000 was raised to help with medical expenses associated with the transplant. She added, “I’m so glad to call this place my hometown because it’s just wonderful how everyone pulls together in times like this. The Lord is so good and our community is just awesome. Thank you for all the prayers, that’s the most important thing to us, all of the support.”
Judith Kelly, who considers herself an ‘Honorary Ferguson’ and assisted with organizing the fundraiser, credits the Ferguson family with the success. She expressed her gratitude to all the businesses and the tremendous community support that was shown at the fundraiser.
Charles Kelly of Chicago won the storage building and is donating the sale of it back to Ferguson.
Ledbetter referenced scripture when talking about how such a small tight-knit community looks out for one another and said Isaiah 41:6 sums it all up: They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
Donations can still be made to assist Craig and Amy by calling Judith Kelly at 479-243-7557 or Amy at 479-216-4577.