The community benefit for Jerry Haines far exceeded the expectations of organizers

When Barbara Doyle and Margaret McNabb first began to organize a benefit to provide some assistance to Jerry Haines, little did they realize how strongly the community would come together to help one of their neighbor’s in need.  On March 12, The Sun-Times reported on the upcoming benefit and discussed Jerry’s situation and the pressing financial hardships he faced due to his mother’s recent passing and the difficulties he faced in overcoming those hardships due to his autism and economic situation.  What started as a small benefit with one group of entertainers and some committed desserts for a silent auction ballooned to a packed concert performance and donated items and money that far exceeded original expectations.

The night kicked off with an introduction and message of appreciation for members of the community by Pangburn School Superintendent Dr. Kathy Berryhill.  Entertainment, which original consisted of one gospel quartet, included the Pangburn First Baptist Church Men’s Quartet (David Baker, Ronn Baker, Dustin Langley, and Wade Butler, accompanied by Bernice Hocking), Jason McNabb, Jana Haymond, and saxophone solos by Linda Townsend.  Everyone taking the stage had a heartwarming, amusing story to tell about Jerry and the impact he has made on their lives and the community.

Silent auction items expanded through donations from the original desserts to other items, such as gift baskets, gift certificates, and even a horse, which was bought by Senator Irvin.  According to organizer Margaret McNabb, the original goal of $5000 was not only met, but also exceeded through the generosity of our caring community.

“The benefit total as of now is $6,718.61and there is still money coming in,” said McNabb.  “The quilt brought $160 and Missy Irvin bought the horse.  Cakes sold as high as $100 - a special thanks to everyone who baked or brought an item for the silent auction.”

“One young man (2nd grader) brought in a ziplock bag full of change,” continued McNabb.  “His parents explained to me that he has a bank with different divisions - one part for savings, one part to spend, and one part to give to others.  He brought all the money in his ‘Give to Others’ portion of his bank.  He is certainly being taught to care about others.”

Anyone still wishing to make monetary contributions can make checks out to the Jerry Haines Benefit Fund and mail them to Margaret McNabb, 260 Chinkapin Drive South, Pangburn, AR 72121.