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Fundraiser to help tornado victims

Mobile home to be auctioned

June 13, 2012
The deadly EF-4 tornado that struck New Pekin, Henryville, Marysville and Chelsea on March 2 forced many people to evacuate their homes. Several of those people have not been able to re-establish their lives because their homes were destroyed. In the case of Marysville, it wasn't just the homes that were destroyed; the entire town was swept away.

John Stone, general manager of Clayton Homes in Floyd County, traveled to each area touched by the storm and was deeply moved by what he witnessed.

"I was amazed at the power and devastation on any home," Stone said. "Nothing was untouched. I was also amazed at the hilltops and how it just traveled along the streams. The path was huge."

Stone and Clayton Homes are hoping to even the odds that have been set against those affected by the disaster.

On Saturday, June 23, Clayton Homes will host a disaster fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Georgetown facility, where it will auction off a refurbished mobile home.

"We started working with the Salvation Army on trying to replace homes for people, fixing them up and replacing them," Stone said, "and we've been trying to get more awareness and bigger dollars for people so we said, 'Instead of trying to pick out something, why don't we auction off one of our houses.' "

All proceeds will be given to the Salvation Army to benefit storm victims.

In addition to the auction, there will be plenty of activities to keep both children and adults busy. Car enthusiasts can take in an auto show, persons wishing to register a vehicle may do so until 9 a.m. that day.

First place will be awarded a cash prize and a trophy, while second and third places will receive gift cards and trophies. There will also be a crowd favorite category where eventgoers can vote on their favorite car.

There also will be a furniture sale, flat-screen television auction, a DJ, children's games, a multi-stage bounce house and giveaways every hour for adults.

"The coolest part out of all of it is we have (a bounce house). It's as big as a trailer; it's 80 feet long and 14 feet wide," Stone said. "It's a bouncy house obstacle course."

A monster truck and five NASCAR stock cars will be available for photo opportunities. The winner of a drawing at the end of the afternoon will be presented the opportunity to drive one of the cars around the block.

"Our company has a NASCAR car and we talked to Papa John's and they had one, then another guy has three," Stone said. "So, we're going to have some crazy cars there."

The Papa John's mobile pizza truck will be on-site, and Krispy Kreme has donated several dozen doughnuts. Plus, there will be hot dogs on the grill the entire day.

For more information about how to help or to register for the car show, contact Stone at 1-812-923-8887.

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