December 15, 2010 10:40:00 AM
More than 120 people attended a community breakfast last week and raised nearly $2,000 for a local soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan.
The Step Up! Starkville breakfast for Starkville native Cpl. Timothy Read, held by The O''Nan Project for Change, took place Dec. 8 at the Starkville Sportsplex. Proceeds from the event went to Read and his family.
Meagan O''Nan, founder of The O''Nan Project for Change, was thrilled to see Starkville residents raise nearly $2,000 for the Read family.
"I believe this is due to the character of Tim and his family and we want to say thank you to Tim for his service and his courage," O''Nan said. St. Joseph''s Catholic Church provided food for the event.
The fundraising effort for the Read family isn''t over. Gulf States Manufacturers, The O''Nan Project for Change and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve will hold an auction next month. All proceeds will go to the Read family.
The public will have a chance to bid on a 17 1/2-inch American steel crest for the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Each branch will compete to see who gets the highest bid on their respective crests.
The auction will begin Jan. 1 and end Jan. 31. The contact for the competition is Jud Robinson of Gulf States. He can be reached at 662-275-3059.
The next Step Up! Starkville breakfast is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2011, at the Sportsplex from 9-10:30 a.m. The theme of the breakfast will be trust. The event will support local activist and Starkville native Chris "Hope" Bushby, whose passion is to help end trafficking in developing countries and to provide education and health care to many people in Rwanda.
Additional information will be released at www.onanproject.com.
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